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Monday 30th November 2015,
The Liz Army

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This is how old I was when my parents divorced.

So now my dad has brain cancer, too

Yes, you read that right. Seven years after my own diagnosis, my dad now also has a large mass in his brain that is characteristic of a highly malignant brain cancer–most likely a glioblastoma. By all means… Take a few [...]

November 21, 2015 Surviving
David and Liz in Washington, D.C., a few months before their interview with the StoryCorps app.

David, Part 2: The best thing I ever did in my life

A few hours after I learned David had started hospice I woke up in the middle of the night with an incredible urge: I had to see him. I didn’t want to be a burden, and I felt like I [...]

October 21, 2015 Surviving
David with his late wife, Kirsten.

David, Part 1B: Kindred souls

Spoiler alert: David passed away about an hour ago. I thought I had time to type up “David, Part 2″ before he died (in response to Part 1), but time does not wait for a blog post. I am ransacking all of my [...]

October 21, 2015 Surviving
Brain tumor advocates in Washington, D.C. David is at 12 o'clock, I'm rocking the shaved head at 9 o'clock.

David, Part 1: When your brain tumor friend starts hospice

It has taken me a few weeks to process an experience which might turn out to be one of the best things I have ever done in my life. I can’t fit this all into one post, so here is [...]

October 13, 2015 Surviving
At the photo booth for the Portland Brain Tumor Walk

Permission to live

I am tired of fighting. Cancer nomenclature is full of words depicting an epic battle. We talk about the “war on cancer.” A person in treatment is “fighting cancer.” If you live, you are a “cancer survivor.” And if you [...]

September 13, 2015 Brain Tumor Advocacy, Surviving
Yeah, science!

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