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.