Tuesday 02nd September 2014,
The Liz Army

Browsing the "neurology" Tag

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
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
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
The post for kids who can’t read good

The post for kids who can’t read good

(Note: The title of this blog is a reference to the movie Zoolander.) I started my 16th cycle of Temodar last night. I am down to 200mg per day. I wonder if this will be a breeze, or if I [...]

June 29, 2010 In Treatment
The writer who couldn’t read

The writer who couldn’t read

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June 21, 2010 In Treatment
Emerson on brain disorder

Emerson on brain disorder

Living with severe dementia, Ralph Waldo Emerson, responded to a question about his health in a Liz-like manner: “I have lost my mental faculties but I am perfectly well.” [...]

May 18, 2009 In Treatment
Keeping time

Keeping time

I found a legitimate explanation for why I bode well during an MRI and often fall asleep. There is certainly a universal and unconscious propensity to impose a rhythm even when one hears a series of identical sounds at constant [...]

May 13, 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
Cancer treatment for dummies

Cancer treatment for dummies

Note: I feel guilty most of my links refer you to Wikipedia articles, but they’re usually great overviews for a topic. It’s official: I begin chemotherapy next Monday! It seems like a weird thing to be excited about, but I’ve [...]

February 25, 2009 Newly Diagnosed
7/31/08 medical journal

7/31/08 medical journal

7/28/08 Moved to Sacramento hospital Admitted to neurology Assigned to Dr. L (neuro-surgeon) and Dr. A (neuro-hospitalist) 1 hour 45 minute MRI of my spine 7/29/08Still in hospital 7/30/08Lumbar puncture (a.k.a. spinal tap) 7/31/08 Blood draw–looking for hereditary blood clotting [...]

July 31, 2008 Newly Diagnosed