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Brain MRI on April 17, 2012

MRI one-year post Temodar chemotherapy

It has been one year since I was on Temodar chemotherapy and the results are in. [drumroll] My brain tumor is stable. See for yourself… The scan on the left is my brain today, and the scan on the right [...]

May 1, 2012 Surviving
Reading Rainbow

Reading list

Have a brain tumor or other neurological disorder? Interested in how the brain works? Want to kick ass and defeat your disease? Check out some of the books on my reading list. (This list will be updated as I finish [...]

August 21, 2011 In Treatment
The radiologist on crack

The radiologist on crack

Long story short: I had an MRI on Friday. The radiologist said it looked like there was tumor growth compared with my last MRI (from November 2010). My neuro-oncologist and Super Awesome Nurse disagreed with the radiologist and think he’s [...]

February 7, 2011 In Treatment
Laughing in the face of the “worst-case scenario”

Laughing in the face of the “worst-case scenario”

Hey, everyone. I have a new $5 word for you: nystagmus. Now, before you run off to look it up on Wikipedia, give me a chance to tell my story. Over the past six weeks I have been experiencing a [...]

December 28, 2010 In Treatment
Sacks is the man

Sacks is the man

I just started reading The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by world-renowned neurologist and author Oliver Sacks. If you have a brain-related malady or are just fascinated with the mind, Sacks’ books are intriguing, educational, and easy [...]

June 12, 2010 In Treatment
Mirror neurons

Mirror neurons

I love this stuff. [...]

March 14, 2010 In Treatment
The Liz Army-squared: Me with Liz Z. in Berkeley

There is more than one Liz in this army

  For all of you who worried about me you can now breathe a big sigh of relief–I was able to reassemble the 3D brain puzzle three times during my visit to Kaiser neuro-oncology this past Wednesday. I might not [...]

February 27, 2010 In Treatment
Liz in the MRI

My machine

This photo was taken on Dec. 2 when I was in Redwood City for an MRI. I had to do a lot of sweet talking to get the tech to take this picture. Really, I wanted a photo of me [...]

December 27, 2009 In Treatment
Brain plasticity strikes again

Brain plasticity strikes again

Girl sees fine with half a brainJuly 27, 2009 “The brain has amazing plasticity but we were quite astonished to see just how well the single hemisphere of the brain in this girl has adapted to compensate for the missing [...]

July 29, 2009 In Treatment
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Photos: My brain as of May 21, 2009

Note to MRI newbies: Scans are always viewed as a mirror image; what appears on the left is really on the right, and vice-versa. See that empty spot in the left parietal lobe? That’s my brain hole. Actually, it’s more [...]

May 29, 2009 In Treatment
How to: Shrink a cancerous brain tumor

How to: Shrink a cancerous brain tumor

I thought I’d explain the deal with the killing/shrinking of a cancerous brain tumor. Of course killing the tumor would be great, but in order to do that you would need to cut out all visible tumor and then an [...]

May 22, 2009 In Treatment
More than meets the eye

More than meets the eye

I just finished reading The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science. This book taught me about 50% of what I know about the brain. If you haven’t seen me lately, don’t even [...]

March 10, 2009 In Treatment