Hi My name is Liz and I have brain cancer. This blog acts as my personal journal, communication forum and cancer soap box.
I’m a digital communications strategist by day. I am the same person by night.
In July 2008 I was diagnosed with a grade II astrocytoma brain cancer when I was 29-years old. It sucked.
But guess what? I’m still here. Still kicking ass. If anything changes I will let you know.
I’m an advocate too
For “funsies” I am a passionate brain tumor advocate. In fact, I am the California Lead Advocate for the National Brain Tumor Society. This is a volunteer position and I am happy to do it.
If you ever want to join me, click this button and start your path toward brain tumor advocacy. If you are still reading this, you must be impact by a brain tumor in some way. If it is not you, who is it?
My brain cancer stats
Tumor type: Glioma
Grade: II, Astrocytoma with gemistocytic properties (I like to call it a 2+)
Age at diagnosis: 29
Surgeries: craniotomy 1 (September 2008), and craniotomy 2.0 (February 2009)
Treatment: 24 months of Temodar (chemotherapy), 5 days on, 23 days off
Anti-nausea meds: Emend, Kytril
Anti-seizure meds: Keppra (3,000mg), Vimpat (150mg), Ativan (1mg as needed)
Current Status: Treatment complete as of April 8, 2011
Now I watch the remaining tumor and wait..
My TEDx Talk
Hear me talk about my first few months after diagnosis. Those were crazy times.