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Wednesday 02nd September 2015,
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Everything you thought you knew about your brain cancer diagnosis is going to change

If you received a brain cancer diagnosis more than two years ago – like I did – you might as well have been diagnosed in the stone age. That’s right, everything us longer-term survivors think we know about our tumor is (likely) wrong and completely misleading. [...]

June 13, 2015 In Treatment, Surviving
Brett and Liz

The future is a horribly scary, uncertain place

I hate running. I really do. But on Memorial Day, because the gym was closed and I hate exercising by myself, I joined Brett for his run. We just started the process of looking for a home to buy. Due to [...]

May 31, 2015 Surviving
Me, in a two-person kayak with Brett, off the coast of Hawai'i. We were on an ocean kayaking tour. It was pretty low-key and we saw sleeping dolphins! I was still on Temodar when we did this.

Paddling beyond my diagnosis: First Descents

Mere days after lamenting my never-to-be life as a competitive weightlifter, something cool swoops into my life: First Descents. According to their website, “First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower [...]

April 18, 2015 Movement, Surviving
Me in weightlifting shoes.

Expressing survivorship as an athlete

Spoiler alert: My brain is fine. Also, this is over 1,000 words which means I am expressing my feels. I have sad news. In an earlier post I announced with much fanfare that I was going to compete in an [...]

April 11, 2015 Movement, Surviving
My brain scan.

I am the open source patient

About a month ago a lightbulb went off in my mind and for weeks I have been grappling with how I can put my thoughts into words. Please bear with me as I take you on an adventure. Afraid I [...]

February 16, 2015 Surviving
Brett and I at the beginning of this rollarcoaster

Tied for worst feelings ever

[PHOTO: Brett and I in 2008, six weeks after diagnosis.] Tied for worst feelings ever: People assuming you beat cancer when you haven’t. Reminding people you still have cancer and making them cry. Over the past week the following things [...]

January 18, 2015 Surviving
My first time jerking the bar. That's what she said.

Nothing else will be scary again: my goal for 2015

We’re nearing the end of 2014, and early next year I will celebrate the six-year anniversary of my second brain surgery. Health milestones are important to everyone and my second brain surgery is especially significant to me because this was the surgery where [...]

December 24, 2014 Lifting, Surviving
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