Category brain tumours

My Awake Craniotomy Tales

Today I sit down to write. I haven’t done so for awhile. I’m a selfish blogger; I write when I want to, not according to any schedule. And today, I find my thoughts and attention are prepared and focused on telling you the story of what I’ve been up to over the past weeks. Readers […]

Anniversary Craniotomy

Today, August 14th, is the three year anniversary of the day I received the phone call from my neurologist directing me to the hospital, because he’d seen a glioma on my MRI scan. And as of today, we have a new plan. Awake craniotomy in September. (Updated to add – date will be September 9, […]

Pride and Progression

I feel compelled to tell you that I had a draft post ready to go entitled “Year Two of my Ketogenic Life”. One of the most popular posts here at Greymadder remains the Year One version. Over the past month, as I prepared to go for my six month MRI monitoring scan, I started drafting […]

The Gift of Being Present

We hear a lot about this these days, right? Be present. Live in the now. Don’t stress over past regrets or future worries. Well, let me tell you, that’s a challenge when you’re wondering if you’re going to need chemotherapy next month. I mean, let’s be honest, we need to be able to plan some […]

My Mind Body Disconnection

We hear a great deal these days about mindfulness, being present, and mind body connection. I am a certified Pilates and, more recently, yoga teacher, and I’ve always enjoyed these practices. Like a lot of people, I came to Pilates and yoga because a friend brought me to a class. Growing up, I wasn’t much of a sports athlete, […]

Critical Thinking on the Ketogenic Diet for Cancer

If we’ve learned nothing else from how researchers and nutrition professionals are beginning to re-examine recommendations that were set in stone for the past thirty years, we should at least take away that no one knows everything. I am a passionate proponent of critically thinking about science and public policy, especially around healthcare. It surprises some […]

It really is in your blood: Glucose to Ketone Ratios

I wrote awhile back about how I felt that I might be going a little mad obsessing over my blood numbers and measuring my blood glucose and ketone levels. This is one of the greatest differences, in my opinion, between people that follow a ketogenic or low carb lifestyle for overall health reasons or weight […]