Vote because lives depend on you: A Brain Cancer Patient’s Call to Get Out and Vote!

A version of this post also appeared on Medium I sit here, exhausted, almost unable to write after my first round of immunotherapy and radiation treatments for my second recurrence of a high-grade anaplastic oligodendroglioma (read: brain cancer). I see my friends actively participating in our democratic process: campaigning, phone banking, getting out the vote. …

In Thinking About my Death, I Discovered How I Truly Wish to Live

For months, I had two task reminders saved to my computer’s desktop. The note on the left side of the screen listed the assignments I still had to complete for school. The note on the right side of the screen read: “Fill out advance directive.” These notes were a daily reminder of my conflicting identities. The left-side version of me: a 26-year-old medical student with many opportunities ahead; the right-side version of me: a young adult living with terminal brain cancer.

Sailing New Seas: My Biopsy Results and The Need For a Cure

On Monday, June 4th I had my neurooncology appointment at UCSF. Since being discharged from the hospital, my days have been pretty smooth: waking up, exercising a little, hitting an energy-wall, and relaxing. I mean how often do you get an excuse to binge-watch Netflix guilt free? As Monday approached though, I could feel the anxiety creeping throughout my body. It was the day I'd receive my biopsy results from the surgery.

Who I ride for…Please Support the 2016 Boston Brain Tumor Ride

Over 300 stories. 300 unique experiences. Patients, survivors, family, friends...everyone in some way had a connection to the devastation caused by brain tumors. To sit in a room with these 300 people was humbling because they represented a web of countless others whose lives have been impacted by a brain tumor. Last week, I was in …

From Pediatric to Young Adult Patient: The Importance of Advocating for Yourself

The following is a blog post I wrote for Dana Farber's blog, Insight, about the transition from pediatric to adult cancer care.  Thank you to Dana Farber for letting me share my thoughts with others. http://blog.dana-farber.org/insight/2015/09/from-pediatric-to-young-adult-patient-the-importance-of-advocating-for-yourself/ This weekend I will be participating in The Jimmy Fund Walk as part of the Dana Farber Young Adult …