Monday 23rd January 2017,
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Browsing the "craniotomy" Tag

How the rest of the medical community deals with cancer

Cancer has been following me around the past two weeks. I had my routine lady-doctor exam and all is well. Then the OB/GYN asked how everything was going with… um, you know… the brain cancer thing. “It’s the same,” I [...]

March 21, 2013 Surviving
Me, four months after brain surgery 2.0, jumping in the air while waiting in line to ride Space Mountain. – Disneyland, May 2009

Obligatory pre-MRI post

The last MRI of my brain was on February 24. A week after that I had a shoulder surgery. I went six weeks without Temodar chemo (as opposed to the routine 4 weeks) because of the surgery, and then last [...]

May 17, 2010 In Treatment
Thumbs up

Happy surger-versary, to me!

  Best friend Mel fed me ice chips after surgery because I was starving. Today is the one year anniversary of my second craniotomy. Remember how I couldn’t walk after my second surgery? Remember I how I had to do [...]

February 6, 2010 In Treatment
A shout-out to Brett Gibbs

A shout-out to Brett Gibbs

I had an MRI on Wednesday and have been putting off this blog post for a few days–but not because of the state of my health. As a matter of fact, my MRI on Wed., Dec. 2 looked great. When [...]

December 5, 2009 In Treatment

My first two seizures

The first part of my medical journey is about neurology, epilepsy, and uncertainty. I have found that uncertainty is scarier than a diagnosis, even when the diagnosis is brain cancer. This story is about my first two seizures and what [...]

July 28, 2009 In Treatment
My new job

My new job

Today was my second-to-last day at work. I am leaving so I can start my new job: fighting cancer. For an hour today (5-6 p.m.) I let myself grieve for my loss. When I accepted this new job back in [...]

January 29, 2009 Newly Diagnosed

Let’s get a look at that scar

Today I saw a neurosurgeon and an epileptologist in Redwood City to get a second (and third) opinion about a second craniotomy. I didn’t change my mind about my current neurosurgeon; rather, I got more questions answered and now feel [...]

January 28, 2009 Newly Diagnosed
Motor strip

Motor strip

Ah! My world got crazier today as my neurosurgeon expressed that he’s apprehensive about my second craniotomy. That might be a red flag for some people, but I’m not worried. Why? Because he’s not a neuro-oncologist; he’s a surgeon. He’s [...]

January 26, 2009 Newly Diagnosed
Hi, I’m having a craniotomy

Hi, I’m having a craniotomy

Last night I sent this message to my twelve doctors/medical advisers. Dear Dr. ______, Since you are a doctor who is involved with my care I’d like to give you an update about my medical condition. On 1/16 I had [...]

January 25, 2009 Newly Diagnosed