Friday 28th November 2014,
The Liz Army

Browsing the "Surviving" Category

Me with Caravaggio, a cat who died during surgery

What matters most to you in the end?

After being shared on the Stupid Cancer Facebook page, my recent blog post about Brittany Maynard got over 1,800 Likes, and my website stats jumped to 6,000+ pageviews in one day. The post also seemed to offend everyone on all sides [...]

November 25, 2014 Surviving
Brittany Maynard

I wish Brittany Maynard had met other 29-year-olds with brain cancer

Many people have asked me how I feel about Brittany Maynard’s decision to end her own life before she entered the final stages of her disease–a grade 4 glioblastoma (GBM), the same kind of brain cancer that took the life [...]

November 23, 2014 Surviving
A Chinese Olympic weightlifter, and total badass.

Carrying my own weight

I am bit shell-shocked at the moment and I don’t know where to share my disbelief. My blog is about brain cancer, but as I continue living this blog is also about living despite my diagnosis. This also means I [...]

September 13, 2014 Lifting, Surviving
Emily Morrison, Photo credit: Erin Witkowski

Emily Morrison

I’m still not ready to talk about Emily Morrison. But now is as good a time as any. Emily died in March, nearly three years after being diagnosed with a rare type of brain cancer. I met Emily when I [...]

September 6, 2014 Brain Tumor Advocacy, Surviving
Jetpack

Seizure drugs: Where is our jetpack?

I’ve been on anti-seizure drugs for nearly six years. It only took the first two years to try out seven different medications that would ultimately land me on my current recipe of 3,000 mg of Keppra and 200 mg of [...]

July 22, 2014 Surviving
Getting some Thai food on my 30th birthday

Feeling the love

July is just around the corner and that means it will be my birthday soon. I will be 35, and I say that with great pride because getting older in this uncertain world (i.e., living with a gemistocytic astrocytoma) means [...]

June 21, 2014 Surviving
Tokyo as seen from the Tokyo Tower on a misty day. May 2014

Epic adventure awaits

Guess what? I just got back to my “normal” life (with brain cancer), after enjoying a four week vacation (in which I still had brain cancer). Before the vacation Brett and I were met with a variety of reactions from [...]

June 3, 2014 Brain Tumor Advocacy, Surviving
rings

Where I am at, in my head

A shit-ton of things changed in my life since my last post. And yes, a shit-ton is an official weight. I got a new job For one thing: I got a new job. I am now the communications director for [...]

March 28, 2014 Movement, Surviving
All this parking could be mine!

Does a brain tumor diagnosis mean you are disabled?

A few weeks ago I met up with Sarah Funes: a regular contributor to #BTSM (brain tumor social media). I had never met her in real life, just on Twitter. She was in the state capital for work and we [...]

February 24, 2014 Surviving
Liz checking out an art installation at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento

What I wish I knew before my brain was diagnosed with cancer

I wrote this as a guest blog post for my friend Amanda. This will be part of her #52blog series, where each week a new blogger completes this phrase: What I wish I knew before my ______ was diagnosed with cancer. It can [...]

January 18, 2014 Surviving
Tree branch by @alnational on Instagram.

This is not a death sentence

To those of you diagnosed with a brain tumor–malignant or otherwise–for the love of god (or whatever you believe in), don’t tell yourself the diagnosis is a death sentence. Be as negative as you want. Dread the biopsy. Freak out [...]

January 13, 2014 Surviving
Carrying heavy things.

Beyond my diagnosis: Where do I go from here?

A cancer friend of mine recently posted on her popular blog that she was going to put her “story aside” after four years. She was now transitioning back to normal life after four years of writing about breast cancer. I [...]

January 2, 2014 Surviving