Sunday 19th February 2017,
The Liz Army

Redefining the support group: my TEDx talk

Here’s a little something different: instead of a blog post, watch this video of me talking about my brain cancer experience.

The moral of the story is you. Yes, you.

This was recorded on April 18, 2013 as part of a TEDx event in Sacramento, California.

TEDx is a local, self-organized event that brings people together to share a TED-like experience. TEDx events are organized and overseen by official TED curators.

Don’t know what TED is? Check out the main website.

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  • Donna

    Liz, my daughter has glioblastoma and I follow your blog. This video was so moving to me because it brought back so many memories and feelings of when she was diagnosed and she too had 2 brain surgeries within a 3 week period of time. She is now doing very well, after being diagnosed in Decemeber of 2010. She lives with it everyday and goes thru mri every 8 weeks to see if it has come back. So far so good! We live thru hell every 8 weeks just worried what the mri will show. She is blessed like you to be able to go to work everyday and in most all ways can live a normal life….whatever normal is for a person who has brain cancer. Thank you for your blog.

    • Liz

      Thank you for sharing that with me, Donna.

      I am so happy she is going back to living a “normal” life. :)

  • Facing Cancer Together

    It’s just incredible how the internet can bring us together. Like you, I stared reaching people through blogging, and it’s lead to such needed connections. Congratulations on your TED talk. Very moving talk! ~Catherine

  • Lsquared

    This video means so much to me. And you included one of comments in your presentation. :) I recently had another clean MRI and I am coming up on my 2 year anniversary since my surgery. Thanks again for all that you do.

    • Liz

      I was hoping you’d catch that!

  • David

    Hi Liz, huge congratulations on such an inspiring and entertaining talk. You managed to articulate so well the ups and downs (mostly downs) of living with this weird disease. I’m 4 years post dx – grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma – and living life to the full, running a lot, working, travelling and making plans for a new business. I’ve just turned 40 and thank my lucky stars everyday that I can live a “normal” life. Keep up the good work Liz – I love your blog and your positive attitude.

    • jimgm20


      Great job. Good luck on your business plans.
      I have the same; grade 2-3 A.A., 43 years old. Also living life big. Plenty of exercise, traveling a lot with my family, but no work for two months! (Teacher and summer break starts in a week).


  • jimgm20

    Great job Liz. I felt like I needed a support after my surgery and went to a meeting specifically for Brain Cancer fighters. It was like a wake. No positive energy. I left and never looked back. I don’t check in on this blog enough though. I don’t even update my own blog enough. I am going to do both more often.