Sunday 19th February 2017,
The Liz Army

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Where I am at, in my head

A shit-ton of things changed in my life since my last post. And yes, a shit-ton is an official weight. I got a new job For one thing: I got a new job. I am now the communications director for [...]

March 28, 2014 Movement, Surviving
Liz inside the trolley car at AT&T Park

Baseball: the ultimate cancer therapy

I didn’t grow up in a family that was into sports. My annual exposure to sporting events was the Super Bowl, which was primarily an excuse to consume meatball subs and large amounts of French onion dip. I never played Little [...]

June 18, 2012 In Treatment, Surviving
Giants vs. A's

Should a 32-year-old with brain cancer save for retirement?

Help me decide: Should one save for retirement when they have an incurable form of cancer with a high mortality rate? There are a few different ways to look at this situation. I could think on the bright side: I [...]

June 1, 2012 Surviving
Carivaggio the cat

Pets and cancer

Can owning a pet count as palliative cancer treatment? I’ve heard there is a correlation between owning a pet and a reduced cancer risk. It has something to do with pets helping lower stress and blood pressure. I no longer [...]

February 20, 2012 In Treatment, 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
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

Don’t put your faith in holographic stickers

A co-worker sent an email (to all 250+ of us) saying he’d just read an article that linked cell phone usage to brain tumors. OK. That’s a fair warning. Then he included a link to a website where we could [...]

June 29, 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

I’m here. I have cancer. Get used to it.

I started my current job about six months after I started Temodar. My closest co-workers knew I had brain cancer and I was open with them about when I was taking chemo and when I was on my way to [...]

May 21, 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
The morning routine

The morning routine

I wake in the morning at 6-ish to get ready for work. The first thing I do is take 1500mg of Keppra, 150mg of Vimpat, a birth control pill and an anti-nausea pill called Kytril. Why the anti-nausea pill? Oh [...]

December 17, 2010 In Treatment

This is what cute looks like: engaged with brain cancer

There is much going on in my world right now. I am tired. And the seizure drugs (and the lasting impact of chemotherapy) leaves me with a cloud above my head. My physical body feels much like Pig Pen‘s dust [...]

September 13, 2010 In Treatment