A Year Post-Diagnosis: Reflecting on privilege, equity, and our common humanity

This week I finished my last round of chemotherapy for a recurrent, inoperable brain tumor.  It has been exactly a year since my doctor told me my cancer is back.  I have been trying to reflect on this past year, searching for the right words to encapsulate my experience.  What I keep coming back to …

Long-term thinking vs. focusing on the present…cancer as a young adult

Here is another post I wrote about a month ago while half-way through radiation treatment.  I didn't want to make many changes to it after the fact, so I apologize if it comes off as a bit of rambling...just blame the fatigue  😉 Just a couple weeks after finding out about my recurrence, a friend …

The boy in the waiting room…why we need to support pediatric brain tumor research!

I am finally at the half-way point of my proton treatment, and besides some fatigue and hair-loss, I've been feeling pretty well.  Every day I have a similar treatment routine:  I take the T to Mass General (...usually while listening to a Spotify playlist made by my brother), take the elevators down to the Burr Proton …

11 Years Later…What’s Changed…What Hasn’t? Please support Brain Tumor Research!

Please support the National Brain Tumor Society's Boston Brain Tumor Ride by donating to Team Jeremy Yesterday, 11 years ago, I stared up at the lights of the operating room at Mass General Hospital, counting down with the anesthesiologist as I was about to undergo brain surgery that would change the course of my life.  Most …

Medical Update 3: On Feeling Powerless, Moving Forward, and my Treatment Plan

Since my last medical update, a lot has happened in a short amount of time.  I have been writing throughout the past week about what has been going on, so instead of separating it into different blog posts, I have put it all under one post with multiple sections: Part 1:  Written Wednesday, January 14th …