Sunday 19th February 2017,
The Liz Army

Browsing the "MRI" Tag

Maybe one day I can show my teeth when I smile like all my friends.

Braces and brain scans: straightening your teeth with brain cancer

Did you wear braces while you were growing up? Between the ages of 10 and 16 it felt like all of my friends were in braces. But not me. Not that I didn’t want braces… we just couldn’t afford them. And while [...]

August 21, 2013 Surviving

Four months at a time: living between brain scans

I live my life four months at a time. After a good scan I am happy to move forward with my life for a while. In some cases I do long-range planning: I am going to a wedding this summer. [...]

February 18, 2013 Surviving

December 2012 letter to friends

Note: Liz’s husband sent this message to a select group of family and friends. Constituents of the Liz Army, Yes, it has once again been a long time since the latest Liz update. As you may have gathered by now, [...]

December 18, 2012 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

My brain: 16 months after Temodar

What’s the status from my latest brain MRI? No growth! Also, my new neuro-oncologist is proud I’ve started exercising. He mumbled something about exercise helping build a stronger immune system and remarked, “You’ve lost six pounds since you were last [...]

August 11, 2012 Surviving
Brain MRI on April 17, 2012

MRI one-year post Temodar chemotherapy

It has been one year since I was on Temodar chemotherapy and the results are in. [drumroll] My brain tumor is stable. See for yourself… The scan on the left is my brain today, and the scan on the right [...]

May 1, 2012 Surviving
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

Liz is a warrior

I do not pretend to know what it is like, but I think I am gleaning what troubles Liz about the use of the classification of her as a “survivor”. Liz has what is presently an incurable form of brain [...]

January 3, 2012 Surviving

Changing careers during brain cancer

So, I got a new job. This is a time for celebration, I get to take on new challenges and I have an exciting job title, blah blah blah. But that is not what this post is about. I’m writing about the [...]

December 9, 2011 Surviving

Video blog: Brain anxiety

After three days of dizziness, I’m anxious to receive the results of my MRI. UPDATE: MRI is unchanged since last scan in April. Whew. Feel free to watch the video anyway. See what it looks like when a brain tumor [...]

June 6, 2011 Surviving

Over-thinking everything

Yesterday evening I was overwhelmed with a significant feeling of déjà vu. According to Wikipedia, déjà vu is the experience of feeling sure that one has already witnessed or experienced a current situation, even though the exact circumstances of the previous encounter are [...]

June 4, 2011 Surviving
Taking last dose of Temodar


As usual, I fell asleep during my MRI yesterday. The technician even asked, “Are you OK in there?” I guess she was used to people responding each time she said, “This next one will take 5 minutes. … This one [...]

April 21, 2011 Surviving