Tuesday 02nd September 2014,
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Browsing the "Temodar" Tag

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Seizure drugs: Where is our jetpack?

I’ve been on anti-seizure drugs for nearly six years. It only took the first two years to try out seven different medications that would ultimately land me on my current recipe of 3,000 mg of Keppra and 200 mg of [...]

July 22, 2014 Surviving
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Questions submitted for the 2012 National Brain Tumor Society Summit

Before I left for the National Brain Tumor Society’s annual summit I asked The Liz Army blog readers if you had questions you would like me to ask doctors and health care professionals I would presumably meet at the event. [...]

October 21, 2012 Brain Tumor Advocacy
Us brain cancer peeps get check-ups in neuro-surgery, not in oncology.

My brain: 16 months after Temodar

What’s the status from my latest brain MRI? No growth! Also, my new neuro-oncologist is proud I’ve started exercising. He mumbled something about exercise helping build a stronger immune system and remarked, “You’ve lost six pounds since you were last [...]

August 11, 2012 Surviving
The cat at my gym.

Back on the exercise wagon, for reals this time

I’ve always loved this Henry Rollins quote, Keep your blood clean, your body lean, and your mind sharp. As a long-time straight edger, it’s been easy to keep my blood “clean”. I don’t smoke. I don’t drink. I don’t do [...]

August 7, 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
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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
A cool guy I saw at the Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk

Brain tumor advocacy in full swing: it’s time to educate Congress

  Apologies: This was typed on my iPad and I didn’t have time to do much editing. I’m in Washington DC today to do something pretty amazing. I’m working with the National Brain Tumor Society to lobby Congress for two [...]

May 7, 2012 Brain Tumor Advocacy, Surviving
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
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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
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Changing careers during brain cancer

So, I got a new job. This is a time for celebration, I get to take on new challenges and I have an exciting job title, blah blah blah. But that is not what this post is about. I’m writing about the [...]

December 9, 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
This could have been me.

Hair health for people on Temodar

It’s been about two full months since my last week of Temodar. I got a haircut over a month ago but lately my ‘do has been looking like a don’t, so I made an appointment to get another haircut today. [...]

June 22, 2011 Surviving