Hello From Me

So. I haven’t been around her for quite some time. But rest assured, it’s not you. It’s me.


Well, I’m happy to report that it’s because I’ve been off living a “normal” life. Travelling, working, growing things (not very well) in the garden, shopping, coffee-ing. You know, as you do.

While I’ve been doing that, I’ve not been blogging because I’ve only been thinking about my (past) brain tumour every once in a while and only in passing. And I really like it that way. I’ve grown self-indulgent like that.

Some milestones have passed. Last August 14th, 2017, marked five years since I was diagnosed. In statistics circles, that’s known as “five year survival” and is a big deal. I’m staring six years since diagnosis right between the eyes as August 2018 looms. March 27, 2018 marked one year since I returned to a real workplace. September 9, 2018 will mark three years since my awake craniotomy and since my follow-up treatments began.

I really appreciate all the people who still visit this blog and who reach out with questions or interest. And I apologize to all of you who I’ve not responded to or been slow in responding to. My excuse is selfish – again, I’ve been off living.

I go for an MRI scan every six months. At my last appointment, one of my oncologists explained that although every scan has shown nothing more than a hole where my tumour used to be and some scar tissue, they will keep monitoring me because they can’t predict who will suffer a recurrence.

I get that, and so I still eat a ketogenic diet (old hat for me now, and getting so mainstream that it’s no longer hip). I try to be active and manage stress and I have pets and family around me to help.

In short, I’m checking in. Life is good. I hope the same for all of you.





  1. lowcarbdietitian · · Reply

    Thanks for the updates, Alix. I can’t believe it’s been almost three years since your awake craniotomy! I’m thrilled to hear that you’re doing so well, enjoying life, and remain ketogenic. You are such a lovely person and a true inspiration. I wish you all the best going forward. – Franziska


    1. Thanks Franziska!


  2. lunaticfringe01 · · Reply

    Awesome news. So pleased for you.


    1. Thank you!


  3. Anonymous · · Reply

    This made my day… your blog inspired my Keto and I am very grateful. Best of life. Hugs


    1. That’s very gratifying, thanks and I wish you the best!


  4. Anonymous · · Reply



  5. I still check your blog occasionally and was thrilled to see your post. And even more pleased to hear you are doing well. Thanks for the update, and enjoy life!


    1. Thanks for checking in!


  6. Thank you for the update. I check in from time to time to see how you are doing. Yout silence worried me. So happy to hear you are well.
    All the best from Sweden.


  7. Jody Hanson · · Reply

    I’m glad to hear that you are doing well! 🙂 How fun (and not selfish!) to be off living life! 🙂


  8. Fonald · · Reply

    Was thinking the worst, glad u finally updated and I dont blame u for wanting to put it all behind you. That said, a 9nce a year update….


  9. Fonald · · Reply

    And its going on a year…


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