Monday 23rd January 2017,
The Liz Army

My movie moment: brain surgery

Brett and Liz before brain surgery

Brett and I on the morning of my first brain surgery. He's my husband now.

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. – Frederich Nietzsche

If this is true, I am going to be a fucking genius.

Four years ago today I had my first brain surgery.

On that day I woke up in my boyfriend’s apartment with a shaved head, adhesive markers still firmly in place from the MRI that mapped my brain the day before.

I washed my face. I brushed my teeth. I put on some clean underwear. I was ready for my head to be invaded by surgical equipment.

I’ve blogged about brain surgery many times. I wrote about it here, and here and here. But believe it or not I will never get tired of writing, talking or thinking about the experience.

Movies tell us that there are moments people will remember for the rest of our lives.

If an important part in my life were a movie it would be called Brain Surgery. The sequel would be called Brain Surgery 2: Electric Boogaloo.

My diagnosis would come roughly two weeks later.

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  • David S

    Hi Liz, congrats on the 4+ years, time to update your blog header!
    I’ve an MRI next Thursday, it’s my first 6 month MRI interval, all others have been +/- 3 month intervals. I have to say, that as I approach my 4 year tumorvirsary, things get better an better, and I feel more and more like my pre-diagnosis self, and the pre-mri anxiety is less and less. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not, but it feels nice.
    Electric Boogalooingly yours,
    David S.

    • David:

      It’s true, the more time that goes on, the more I feel at peace with my diagnosis. However, I don’t feel like my pre-diagnosis self. So many things have changed and my world is different.

      I’ve gone through two jobs (willingly), gotten married, traveled out the country. I’ve tried new things and taken risks I may not have taken.

      If Barack Obama asked me if I was better off than I was four years ago, I’d say yes.


  • Jessica Norman

    Funny, I blogged yesterday how it’s been nearly 6 years since my craniotomy and it still consumes me! I write about it and talk about it every chance I get. Glad to know I’m not alone. Nice writing BTW. Glad I stumbled on your blog.