Thursday 17th April 2014,
The Liz Army

Browsing the "Brett" Tag

My worry levels over the past few years.

Four months at a time: living between brain scans

I live my life four months at a time. After a good scan I am happy to move forward with my life for a while. In some cases I do long-range planning: I am going to a wedding this summer. [...]

February 18, 2013 Surviving
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Together we’re giant: forgetting about brain cancer for a day

Which team is the best in Major League Baseball? The San Francisco Giants, of course. If you’ve read more than a couple posts here on my blog you may have figured out that I am a Giants fan. And lately [...]

July 22, 2012 Surviving
Liz inside the trolley car at AT&T Park

Baseball: the ultimate cancer therapy

I didn’t grow up in a family that was into sports.¬†My annual exposure to sporting events was the Super Bowl, which was primarily an excuse to consume meatball subs and large amounts of French onion dip. I never played Little [...]

June 18, 2012 In Treatment, Surviving
Giants vs. A's

Should a 32-year-old with brain cancer save for retirement?

Help me decide: Should one save for retirement when they have an incurable form of cancer with a high mortality rate? There are a few different ways to look at this situation. I could think on the bright side: I [...]

June 1, 2012 Surviving
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Lobbying with my emotions: brain tumor advocacy is conjuring up all kinds of dirt

A typical young adult cancer experience So there I was, lobbying members of Congress on the importance of brain tumor research, funding, and parity for oral forms of chemotherapy, when suddenly I got emotional. I didn’t think it would happen [...]

May 9, 2012 Brain Tumor Advocacy, Surviving
Just an hour or two away from pre-op.

Brain surgery: the inside story (pun slightly intended)

I volunteer as a “Mentor Angel” with a group called Imerman Angels. This organization¬†carefully matches and individually pairs people touched by cancer (a cancer fighter, survivor or caregiver) with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer [...]

April 13, 2012 In Treatment, Newly Diagnosed, Surviving
Carivaggio the cat

Pets and cancer

Can owning a pet count as palliative cancer treatment? I’ve heard there is a correlation between owning a pet and a reduced cancer risk. It has something to do with pets helping lower stress and blood pressure. I no longer [...]

February 20, 2012 In Treatment, Surviving
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To have a slow-growing brain tumor

Three and a half years after my diagnosis my health care system finally hired a neuro-oncologist for the Sacramento area. You’d think the California state Capitol would have a fancy oncologist a bit sooner than that, but apparently neuro-oncology isn’t [...]

January 21, 2012 In Treatment, Newly Diagnosed, Surviving
Liz occupying a freeway overpass.

Median survival time

I recently sat down to catch up with a great friend. After a while he asked, “So what’s the deal with the cancer?” “Didn’t you read the email-update Brett sent?” I said. “I don’t read that bullshit,” he said. “That’s [...]

December 10, 2011 Surviving
Now that my husband can post to this blog I am going to use random photos of him playing video games. Well, this once, at least.

October 2011 letter to friends

Friends of the Liz Army, Wow, it has been a LONG time since we have sent out an update. Once again, it’s been a “no news is good news” situation. After watching an exciting game 6 of the World Series [...]

November 1, 2011 Surviving
Use it or lose it: the no-exercise confession

Use it or lose it: the no-exercise confession

Confession: I haven’t exercised in three months. Actually, I exercised once since this blog post back in April. I can make all kinds of excuses why, but you know what excuses are like. I felt so bad about it yesterday [...]

July 26, 2011 Surviving
Liz celebrating 32nd birthday hearing Hello Kitty t-shirt and holding a balloon

Each moment is bittersweet

It has been almost three years since I experienced the first significant symptom that I had brain cancer. It was one week after my 29th birthday that I lost consciousness at work, suffered a grand mal seizure, convulsed uncontrollably for [...]

July 22, 2011 Surviving