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8yr Surgeraversary

Today April 7th 2015 is my Eight year SURGERAVERSARY.  8 years since my last surgery which was surgery number 5.  It’s crazy to read and even more strange to type.  I have been cut on FIVE TIMES.   Although it is not defined in the Webster’s Dictionary anyone who has survived a major surgery understands…

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Sweet 16 Tumorversary

I would like to thank all of my brain buddies who were able to attend ​my ​SWEET 16 Celebration #GMFsweet16. It was an amazing celebration and the turnout was beyond INCREDIBLE.  Some  extra special moments : one was when my high school journalism teacher surprised me.  She  immediately rushed over to the party after flying…

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YOU LIVE AS LONG AS YOU ARE REMEMBERED

It has been said ” YOU LIVE AS LONG AS YOU ARE REMEMBERED” -a Russian Proverb I have been thinking about my New Years blog. What to do? How to start off the New Year and not write about the typical topics -Cleaning out the clutter-New Years Resolutions or the NEW diet. I figured we…

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The November Thankfulness Challenge

Happy November! Everyone thinks of Thanksgiving at this time of year. What do you have to be thankful for? Research has shown that being thankful can improve your overall health – physically, mentally and emotionally, including better sleep patterns, and even heart benefits. Research has also found that another benefit of regularly feeling thankful or…

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What Is "It" ?

I am often asked “How do you do it?” I just do. You see, I don’t even have to ask why I do what I do. When you’re doing it, it is part of your daily life, it just happens. Others will always want to know how, and it’s difficult to explain.  It’s natural, a…

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September 2, 1998

Sixteen years ago my life took a completely different turn. On August 12, 1998 I was diagnosed with a baseball size mass. On this day, September 2, 1998, I had it removed, and learned it was a grade 3 Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma. Between then and 2007, I have had 5 surgeries. Before the tumor, I worked…

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Where does time go?

Time erases no memories.   22 years ago  I sat with my grandma while she took her last breath.  Harsh to say but rather peaceful considering my personal belief is she is in heaven now.  The 9 weeks leading up to that evening were such a whirl wind.   I know listening to me tell…

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Brain Buddie Gives Back: Way To Go, Flo!

Flo “GBM SURVIVOR” is a Brain Buddie who jumped right in to help and give back. She is one of my biggest fans. Flo is not shy about telling anyone and everyone about Gray Matters. I met her at the local AZ support group I facilitate. Flo is a giving soul and was eager to…

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IF ONLY FOR ONE I talk the talk and walk the walk

If you know me just a little or read my casual chatter you know I attempt to walk each day in an effort to keep clarity & physical well being in my life.  It get’s to be a tricky balance in the AZ heat but Im still managing to average 5 miles a day with…

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