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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
Me jumping for joy at being asked to host TEDxWomen in Sacramento.

Special certificate: brain cancer

In 2013 I celebrated my five-year cancer-versary (anniversary of the date one is diagnosed with cancer). In early 2014 I will celebrate the five-year anniversary of my second craniotomy. In this medical world–this crazy, crazy, world–professional patients like me celebrate [...]

December 18, 2013 Surviving
Mark Rothko, my cat, likes watching me using the computer

Will generic brain research trickle down and help us?

This is a transcription of a Facebook chat I had with one of my best friends. Liz: Hey. Go take this memory test and help with Alzheimer’s research: http://www.mindcrowd.org Liz: Take the ten minute test, immediately see your results, and then [...]

December 8, 2013 Surviving
Liz doing push-ups.

Hitting a fitness milestone

For over a year now I have been diligently exercising and I just hit a fitness milestone: I can do a push-up all the way to the ground! This might not seem like a big deal–especially to men, with all your [...]

November 8, 2013 Surviving
Community Leadership award

What would you say to the most influential people in the brain tumor community?

If you had 5-7 minutes to talk in front of some of the most influential people in the brain tumor community, what would you say? On October 3 I am receiving the Community Leadership award from the National Brain Tumor [...]

September 16, 2013 Brain Tumor Advocacy, Surviving