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Liz B.

California
Hi. My name is Liz and I have brain cancer. This blog acts as my personal journal/communication forum/cancer soap box. I like interacting with cancer survivors (if you're alive you're a survivor), caregivers, people in the medical community, and those who are just curious and wonder what... Full Bio
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'80s dance party in the operating room by Liz B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I just finished a pre-op appointment with Dr. Z, orthopedic surgeon and all-around good guy. After going through the details of the surgery he asked me if I had questio ... Read on »
2009 taxes by Liz B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I'm about $650 short of being able to deduct medical expenses on my 2009 tax return. Where's my cancer perks?! Read on »
7/25/08 medical journal by Liz B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Brought to emergency room Had a grand mal seizure at approximately 1:50 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. CT scan of head Admitted to hospital Read on »
7/26/08 medical journal by Liz B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer MRI of brain CT scan of body (from neck to pelvis) Read on »
7/31/08 medical journal by Liz B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer 7/28/08 Moved to Sacramento hospital Admitted to neurology Assigned to Dr. L (neuro-surgeon) and Dr. A (neuro-hospitalist) 1 hour 45 minute MRI of my spine ... Read on »
8/14/08 medical journal by Liz B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Dealing with uncoordinated limbs due to an increase in Dilantin dosage Right shoulder still sore from previous days' seizure Having fleeting sensations of vertigo ... Read on »
8/15/08 medical journal by Liz B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Still experiencing moments of dizziness--could be due to new dosage of Dilantin Dreamed about seizures Read on »
8/18/08 medical journal by Liz B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Did a blood draw to check levels, and then Had a partial seizure at 4 p.m.--it lasted about 20 minutes I was conscious and alert, just dizzy (vertigo) My righ ... Read on »
8/20/08 medical journal by Liz B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I woke up with a headache I had weird, involuntary muscle twitches Went to Target and got the "15 frames per second" feeling My right foot and arm felt funny ... Read on »
8/21/08 medical journal by Liz B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I woke up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and was still experiencing twitches. My knees and ankles are sore. I feel uncoordinated and my typing skills a ... Read on »
8/29/08 medical journal by Liz B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer 8/21/08 - 8:55 p.m. Partial seizure, really low-key, minor leg twitches, only 2 or 3 visible tremors, lasted 15 minutes, half of which was fine; just chilling out 8/22/ ... Read on »
9/01/08 medical journal by Liz B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I've been having weird coordination issues the past few days between my right and left hands (sides). The right side is definitely weird. Random muscle twitches are stil ... Read on »
9/10/08 medical journal by Liz B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I'm having weird/nervy sensations in my right elbow 4-5 times a day. Read on »
9/12/08 medical journal by Liz B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I know something that no one in else in my personal life knows (unless this is the once in a year chance that someone finds and reads my blog): the lesion in my left pariet ... Read on »
A call to arms by Liz B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Temodar cycle 19 starts tonight. Brain tumor, listen up! I am taking you out! Read on »
A Cliff-Notes version of the last two weeks by Liz B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer In the operating room, the last thing I said to Dr. Llaguno before losing consciousness was, “What up, Llaguno!” Surgery was easy and I feel fine. If you ... Read on »
A diesel attends into the vintage by Liz B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Now that you've added your blog, we need to make sure that you own this blog. Create a new post on your blog. Copy and paste the randomly generated sentence shown ab ... Read on »
A good excuse to watch movies all day by Liz B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I'm experiencing the aftermath of my latest round of chemo. My body feels like all of these things are happening at once It's too hot. It's too cold. My head hurts ... Read on »
A letter to The Liz Army by Liz B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Dear friends, On Sept. 17, 2008, I had a craniotomy and found out I had brain cancer. In February 2009 I had another brain surgery. Since then I have gone through seven ... Read on »
A minor partial seizure by Liz B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I could tell something was lingering at borders of my senses. I felt it in my face and my thoughts between confusion and clarity. Brett and I were playing Trivial Pur ... Read on »