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Everything you thought you knew about your brain cancer diagnosis is going to change

If you received a brain cancer diagnosis more than two years ago – like I did – you might as well have been diagnosed in the stone age. That’s right, everything us longer-term survivors think we know about our tumor is (likely) wrong and completely misleading. [...]

June 13, 2015 In Treatment, Surviving

David gets Goliath: fighting brain cancer at Duke University

In 2012 I met a guy named Dave on a bus ride to Capitol Hill. We were brought together by the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) and had the same mission: lobby Congress about funding for brain tumor research. (We [...]

June 10, 2013 Brain Tumor Advocacy, In Treatment

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 [...]

June 8, 2013 In Treatment, Newly Diagnosed, Surviving
book club

Support groups are not for everyone

I’ve been in a state of brain cancer reflection this week as I prepare for two upcoming presentations related to patient engagement through digital media. (I know, I’m a nerd.) Then I remembered this day… The bus About four weeks [...]

April 7, 2013 In Treatment, Newly Diagnosed, 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

Brain surgery: the inside story (pun slightly intended)

I volunteer as a “Mentor Angel” with a group called Imerman Angels. This organization carefully matches and individually pairs people touched by cancer (a cancer fighter, survivor or caregiver) with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer [...]

April 13, 2012 In Treatment, Newly Diagnosed, Surviving
Carivaggio the cat

Pets and cancer

Can owning a pet count as palliative cancer treatment? I’ve heard there is a correlation between owning a pet and a reduced cancer risk. It has something to do with pets helping lower stress and blood pressure. I no longer [...]

February 20, 2012 In Treatment, Surviving
Twitter Republic

The birth of the brain tumor hashtag on Twitter (and how it was inspired by the breast cancer community) #btsm

When it comes to team spirit, the breast cancer community has got it going on. This community certainly has enough patients, survivors and caregivers to give the community a boost when breast cancer accounts for a little more than 10 [...]

February 9, 2012 In Treatment, Newly Diagnosed, Surviving
Glioma Girls: Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk 2012

Join my team for the Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk

Dear friends, family and people we don’t know: Are you ready to join a crew so fierce that brain cancer cowers at the mere mention of our name? Team Glioma Girls invites you to join us for the Bay Area [...]

February 4, 2012 In Treatment, Newly Diagnosed, Surviving

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
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


I’m having my first post-chemo MRI tomorrow. I’m sure I will sleep soundly tonight. [...]

April 19, 2011 In Treatment