about me

i am 33. i live in los angeles, a city i love, with my husband, mike. and i have brain cancer. prior to receiving a terminal diagnosis on april 9, 2016, i worked as a strategic fund-development and communications consultant for nonprofit organizations.

when i was diagnosed with a grade II-III oligodrendoglioma in october 2010, i decided almost immediately to start this blog. it seemed like the perfect vehicle via which to communicate with family and friends — and allow them to communicate back. once i completed my initial course of treatment and resumed my life, i took a break from blogging.

last month, upon learning i have just a few months to live, i began sharing updates with close family and friends via a CaringBridge website. now that my prognosis has been confirmed by a second medical institution, however, i feel ready to share the rest of my journey with all those who have followed me to date — including others who are on cancer journeys of their own — and with the friends, family members and caregivers of those with cancer. i also hope to reach people not in the cancer community who might draw strength, consolation or succor from my story.

and i want to hear your stories, too, so please visit often, leave your own thoughts and comments, and feel free to share this blog with others.

Recent Posts

Permission to Feel

As some of you know, I pitched a version of this essay to The New York Times’ Modern Love editors, but they unfortunately passed. I couldn’t think of a better day than today – Mike’s and my second (and final) wedding anniversary – to share this piece of my heart with you all. Not everyone is fortunate enough to find true love during their time on this earth. We are two of the lucky ones who did. And this is our story.

Permission to Feel

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