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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Author @ DCL - Liz Holzemer


Today was a DC8 TV taping day: two interviews back to back. First up was Liz Holzemer, author of the book Curveball: When Life Throws You a Brain Tumor. Her story is a frightening one. While still in her early 30's, Liz was diagnosed with a meningioma -- a benign brain tumor roughly the size of a baseball. Allegedly rare, this kind of tumor was experienced by three people in her Douglas County neighborhood!

But Liz is so bubbly, so upbeat, so funny, that the tale of her not one but two brain surgeries, and her eventual reclaiming of her life, almost comes as no surprise. She's a survivor.

It takes a month or two before the episode will be edited and aired. But Liz is a hoot. After the interview, I asked her what her next book was. "SCREWball!" she laughed.

You'll find a lot of good information at the site she established to help others deal with tumors: meningiomamommas.org. She describes the site like this: "A unique 24/7 online resource and virtual second family offering support, comfort, friendship and laughter. Committed to finding a cure and proves it by raising meningioma-specific research funding every year."

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