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Transcript of my talk at Stanford Medicine X

This is the transcript of my talk at Stanford Medicine X on Saturday, September 17, 2016. I will post the video as soon as it is available–some of the things I say make sense when you see the slides. Coincidentally, this [...]

September 25, 2016 Surviving
My dad's brain cancer.

Virtual visit with my dad’s neurosurgeon

Some people have been asking for a status update on my dad. He has been moved from receiving hospice care at my mom’s house and is now receiving hospice at a skilled nursing facility through the VA. (And he loves it [...]

March 26, 2016 Surviving

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
My at a few months old. My dad liked these slides.

A cranky primer on treatment for brain cancer, including a shoddy explanation of clinical trials

“I want to be in a clinical trial,” said my dad who, less than two months earlier, elected to forego all treatment options and was enrolled in hospice. A little over a month ago I blogged about my deadbeat dad [...]

December 31, 2015 Surviving
This is how old I was when my parents divorced.

So now my dad has brain cancer, too

Yes, you read that right. Seven years after my own diagnosis, my dad now also has a large mass in his brain that is characteristic of a highly malignant brain cancer–most likely a glioblastoma. By all means… Take a few [...]

November 21, 2015 Surviving
Brain tumor advocates in Washington, D.C. David is at 12 o'clock, I'm rocking the shaved head at 9 o'clock.

David, Part 1: When your brain tumor friend starts hospice

It has taken me a few weeks to process an experience which might turn out to be one of the best things I have ever done in my life. I can’t fit this all into one post, so here is [...]

October 13, 2015 Surviving
Brittany Maynard

I wish Brittany Maynard had met other 29-year-olds with brain cancer

Many people have asked me how I feel about Brittany Maynard’s decision to end her own life before she entered the final stages of her disease–a grade 4 glioblastoma (GBM), the same kind of brain cancer that took the life [...]

November 23, 2014 Surviving
Photo credit to: Pete Bratach

Eric Arons

I found out from Facebook that he died. I was sitting on our couch in the living room, iPad perched on my lap, drinking my morning breakfast smoothie. Brett walked past on the way to the kitchen. My face said [...]

June 16, 2013 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
Liz and Erin

Erin: founding member

I have a group of girl friends called the Glioma Girls. We all have brain cancer. Actually, the name of the group was created by Erin, the founding member. She says she wouldn’t have created the group if it wasn’t [...]

January 11, 2012 Surviving

Possible last round of Temodar?

Liz: emblazoned with anti-brain tumor flair. Status update: The MRI went well on August 11. The plan for me is to take one more cycle of Temodar (cycle 18!) and then take a break. The break is for a few reasons: [...]

August 20, 2010 In Treatment
Can we eat to starve cancer?

Can we eat to starve cancer?

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May 18, 2010 In Treatment