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Dear everyone with an oligoastrocytoma: Your diagnosis just changed

In May of 2015 I was hanging out in a bar with David Arons, the now CEO of the National Brain Tumor Society. We were talking about brain tumor pathology and I was grilling him about grade II astrocytomas, more specifically, [...]

March 20, 2016 Surviving

Does a brain tumor diagnosis mean you are disabled?

A few weeks ago I met up with Sarah Funes: a regular contributor to #BTSM (brain tumor social media). I had never met her in real life, just on Twitter. She was in the state capital for work and we [...]

February 24, 2014 Surviving
Tree branch by @alnational on Instagram.

This is not a death sentence

To those of you diagnosed with a brain tumor–malignant or otherwise–for the love of god (or whatever you believe in), don’t tell yourself the diagnosis is a death sentence. Be as negative as you want. Dread the biopsy. Freak out [...]

January 13, 2014 Surviving
Community Leadership award

What would you say to the most influential people in the brain tumor community?

If you had 5-7 minutes to talk in front of some of the most influential people in the brain tumor community, what would you say? On October 3 I am receiving the Community Leadership award from the National Brain Tumor [...]

September 16, 2013 Brain Tumor Advocacy, Surviving
Neuropsychological evaluation report

Neuropsychological testing

Last week I went to see a new doctor. During the six-hour appointment I got to draw pictures, describe the meaning of words, memorize stories, solve simple and complex math calculations, and play computer games, among other things. I was [...]

August 18, 2013 Brain Cancer Blog, Surviving

How to participate in the #btsm tweet chat

NOTE: This post has been edited to reflect the most recent details regarding the #BTSM tweet chat. The “Brain Tumor Social Media” Twitter community successfully organized its first “tweet chat” in 2013. The chat was so successful that Cure Today’s [...]

May 26, 2013 Surviving

Top 10 reasons I am a brain tumor advocate

This week I joined with hundreds of my fellow brain tumor advocates from around the country in Washington, DC, to attend the annual “Head to the Hill” lobby day organized by the National Brain Tumor Society. This is the second [...]

May 8, 2013 Brain Tumor Advocacy
Liz with deadlift bar

Students needed: specializing in the field of brain tumors

Coincidence? I think not! (But it probably is.) Since joining a new gym in mid-July I met a woman who lost her mom to a glioblastoma, a young man with a oglioastrocytoma who recently finished Temodar, and the woman who [...]

November 16, 2012 Brain Tumor Advocacy, Surviving
Ask me about brain cancer.

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

What do you want me to learn at the National Brain Tumor Society Summit?

NOTE: I am no longer accepting questions to bring to the NBTS Summit. Later this week I am attending the National Brain Tumor Society’s (NBTS) annual summit in Boston, MA. According to the website, the Summit brings together “Patients and [...]

October 8, 2012 Brain Tumor Advocacy, Surviving
Brett and Liz before brain surgery

My movie moment: brain surgery

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 [...]

September 17, 2012 Surviving
Brain tumor... what I really do

What I really do… living with a brain tumor

Just made this gem. Feel free to steal and share with your social networks. [...]

August 18, 2012 Surviving