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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

Something is waking me up at night

I’ve had nothing medical to say for a long time, and now… this. Over the past two months I’ve been woken up in the middle of the night by a weird sensation. It feels like I bumped my elbow super [...]

December 9, 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
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
Acknowledgement :)

Acknowledgement :)

I had my day 23 labs today and should start Temodar cycle 23 in about a week. I e-mailed my neuro-oncologist to remind him to check my lab work and refill Temodar, Emend and Kytril. This is what he wrote back: [...]

February 27, 2011 In Treatment
The radiologist on crack

The radiologist on crack

Long story short: I had an MRI on Friday. The radiologist said it looked like there was tumor growth compared with my last MRI (from November 2010). My neuro-oncologist and Super Awesome Nurse disagreed with the radiologist and think he’s [...]

February 7, 2011 In Treatment
Floating down the American River with my friends on my 30th birthday, seven months after brain surgery 2.0 (I'm the white-haired head in the middle) – July 2009


  At work I subscribe to Seth Godin‘s marketing blog. Seth is, in my opinion, a communications badass, and I love staying up to date with his latest musings. Here is something he wrote this week: You can see the [...]

May 22, 2010 In Treatment
I can’t get enough of those 3D brain puzzles

I can’t get enough of those 3D brain puzzles

I have a brain MRI tomorrow. This only means good things: 1. I will know how I am doing one year after my last craniotomy and with one year of chemo. 2. I get to see Super Awesome Nurse. 3. [...]

February 23, 2010 In Treatment
Re: eosinophil count

Re: eosinophil count

Here’s the response from my neuro-oncologist: Your labs from 10/25/09 are fine, so you can start your next cycle of Temodar. I wouldn’t worry about the eosinophil count being slightly elevated. That can be due to a variety of things, [...]

October 26, 2009 In Treatment

Going into my 9th month of Temodar (chemo)

  I’m going into my 9th month of Temodar and my latest blood test shows I have more eosinophils (a type of white blood cell) than I should. This could mean I have a weakened immune system. I am actually [...]

October 25, 2009 In Treatment
Tumor highlighted

Tumor status: stable

  Brett and I made the trek to Redwood City to see my neuro-oncology posse and we learned two great things. My tumor is stable (i.e., not growing). This means it continues to respond well to Temodar (chemotherapy). Instead of [...]

September 13, 2009 In Treatment
A long day

A long day

All I can say right now is that today was a great day at the neuro-oncology office. My brain is looking good–hopefully I will have some new pics to share soon. Unfortunately, it was an 11-hour trip to drive there, [...]

July 17, 2009 In Treatment