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Browsing the "parietal lobe" Tag

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Lift with your head: the other 90% of my brain

In the past I have viewed exercise as a chore. Repetitive weight lifting and mindless jogs on a treadmill were never my idea of fun. But I still have cancer in my brain–so I need to do something to feel like [...]

September 30, 2012 Surviving
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Over-thinking everything

Yesterday evening I was overwhelmed with a significant feeling of déjà vu. According to Wikipedia, déjà vu is the experience of feeling sure that one has already witnessed or experienced a current situation, even though the exact circumstances of the previous encounter are [...]

June 4, 2011 Surviving
Mind over matter

Mind over matter

Throughout my life I’ve developed a mantra for whenever I have to do something unpleasant. I tell myself, “You will do this right now. It will suck for right now. But when it is over you will never have to [...]

February 15, 2011 In Treatment
Five-dollar word: electroencephalography

Five-dollar word: electroencephalography

In an earlier post I mentioned my neurologist was thinking about having me hooked up to an EEG thing-y. According to Wikipedia, “Electroencephalography (EEG) is the recording of electrical activity along the scalp produced by the firing of neurons within [...]

January 29, 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
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Our sixth sense: a lesson on proprioception

When I was reading My Stroke of Insight by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, she said no self-respecting neuro-scientist would allow a surgeon into their brain. I believe she was alluding to how important this organ is to our functioning and [...]

June 13, 2010 In Treatment
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Happy surger-versary, to me!

  Best friend Mel fed me ice chips after surgery because I was starving. Today is the one year anniversary of my second craniotomy. Remember how I couldn’t walk after my second surgery? Remember I how I had to do [...]

February 6, 2010 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
Plenty of neurons left

Plenty of neurons left

I emailed my neuro-oncologist with a silly question. I asked, “With all the surgery I’ve had in my left parietal lobe, do I still have anything left in that spot? Do tumors eat up good brain or just squish it [...]

March 18, 2009 In Treatment