Sunday 19th February 2017,
The Liz Army

Browsing the "kaiser" Tag

media in the waiting area

Surprisingly, no pre-scan jitters this time

My next MRI is sneaking up on me… I am having an intense work-up on Tuesday (April 17). I will be seeing the *new* neuro-oncologist here in Sacramento for the second time… and this is the first time with an [...]

April 15, 2012 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

October 2011 letter to friends

Friends of the Liz Army, Wow, it has been a LONG time since we have sent out an update. Once again, it’s been a “no news is good news” situation. After watching an exciting game 6 of the World Series [...]

November 1, 2011 Surviving
Liz in a neck brace

A little tumble down the stairs can’t keep me from fighting cancer

Seriously. When have I ever let anything get in my way when it comes to cancer? There is the battle itself. Seizures. Surgery. Rehabilitation. Chemotherapy. I can handle it. And now that I live with cancer I’ve transitioned into a passionate [...]

September 10, 2011 Surviving

What else ails you?

I’ve had a rash all over both my legs for four days. I think it has to do with a new lotion I tried but the rash is still here and I figured I might as well call the 24 [...]

June 27, 2011 Surviving

Causes of dizziness

Early this morning, from about 2 a.m. on, I slept fitfully, dizzy even in my dreams. With my eyes closed my world was spinning and I could only compare the sensation to three other situations I’ve experienced. When I was [...]

June 3, 2011 Surviving

Dreaming of her surgery

My friend Erin is having her second brain surgery on Wednesday and last night I had this dream: I found out that my tumor had grown and I was on my way to Kaiser for a surgery consult. All I [...]

May 13, 2011 Surviving
Silly goose

I’m normal (by Liz and Brett)

Last month I posted my mantra: It might suck right now, but once it is over you will never have to do it again. I really need to start listening to myself. Over the past few weeks (and maybe last two [...]

March 30, 2011 In Treatment
Hours later…

Hours later…

I’ve been up since 4 a.m. I have the EEG in an hour. I learned a trick for not falling asleep: listening to the iPhone/iPod. I can’t sleep with noise in my ears. Reading doesn’t help (even though “The Emperor [...]

February 2, 2011 In Treatment

DNA in the house: sending my blood to Gliogene

In a previous post I mentioned that I am participating in the Gliogene study. This is a study where medical institutions like MD Anderson Cancer Center and UCSF are teaming up to find out if there are any genetic links to [...]

December 30, 2010 In Treatment
Where do brain tumors come from? I want an answer

Where do brain tumors come from? I want an answer

My posts have been few and far between over the past months because, well, I was preparing for my wedding. And I was working. And on chemo. So those are all good excuses. If you are still following along I [...]

October 20, 2010 In Treatment

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