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

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When your first thought is, “Let’s participate in research!”

Let’s go back to a few weeks ago when I first found out my dad had¬†brain cancer. I was in an all day brainstorm session at work (no pun intended), when I saw that my mom was calling me. She [...]

December 3, 2015 Surviving
Liz occupying a freeway overpass.

Median survival time

I recently sat down to catch up with a great friend. After a while he asked, “So what’s the deal with the cancer?” “Didn’t you read the email-update Brett sent?” I said. “I don’t read that bullshit,” he said. “That’s [...]

December 10, 2011 Surviving
Glioma girls day

Glioma girls day

Today I hung out with three women who all have gliomas. We all live in northern California, and we all use Apple computers. Two of us are left handed. Three of us wear glasses and short hair. All of us [...]

February 5, 2011 In Treatment

What number am I on?

I am supposed to start another round of Temodar in about a week, but I can’t remember which number I’m on. I mean, I can easily go into my calendar, or look at past e-mails with my neuro-oncologist, but if [...]

January 29, 2011 In Treatment
Liz and Erin

On Temodar with you, and you, and you

I met Erin’s husband at a brain tumor support group shortly after her craniotomy and diagnosis (grade 4 glioblastoma, holy smokes!). Erin had given birth to her second child just 4th months prior to going to the ER in July [...]

April 6, 2010 In Treatment
New research, all the time

New research, all the time

From Why don’t brain tumors respond to medication? — Science Daily For gliomas, treatment with Mapatumumab appears to be particularly interesting as the death receptor is usually found only on tumor cells, not on other brain cells. Since glioma growth [...]

October 3, 2009 In Treatment
Fuck brain cancer

Fuck brain cancer

At this time last year I was having seizures and still didn’t know what was wrong with me. I had seizures at Target, seizures at Starbucks, seizures in the shower, seizures while playing cards in my living room. Within a [...]

August 26, 2009 In Treatment
You mean you want to pay me?

You mean you want to pay me?

At the end of my appointment today at UCSF I was invited to participate in a study. The purpose of the study is to keep track of people like me to see how we do over time and try to [...]

June 5, 2009 In Treatment