Sunday 19th February 2017,
The Liz Army

Browsing the "Super Awesome Nurse" Tag

Liz with deadlift bar

Students needed: specializing in the field of brain tumors

Coincidence? I think not! (But it probably is.) Since joining a new gym in mid-July I met a woman who lost her mom to a glioblastoma, a young man with a oglioastrocytoma who recently finished Temodar, and the woman who [...]

November 16, 2012 Brain Tumor Advocacy, 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

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

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

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
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

From beginning to end: this was my EEG experience

10 p.m. to Midnight: Try not to fall asleep at my usual bedtime. Midnight to 4 a.m.: Sleep. 4 to 6:45 a.m.: Try to stay awake! 6:45 to 8 a.m.: Get the EEG. At the EEG/sleep lab a technician asked [...]

February 2, 2011 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


About a month ago I thought a mystery had been solved regarding my body tremors. (See: Mystery solved.) In a nutshell, the tremors were due to my increase in taking the anti-epileptic medication Depakote. I was advised on a new way to [...]

August 29, 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
MRI looming

MRI looming

This may sound odd, but I am looking forward to my MRI next week. I am around the two-year mark of the discovery of my tumor. Wow–the time really did fly. I am going to talk to Super Awesome Nurse [...]

August 5, 2010 In Treatment