Monthly Archives: June 2010

chapter 21: incogNEATO

sneakers is the quintessential red-eyed playboy piggie.  pumba is a punk rock princess.  milly is a mohawked miniature moo cow.  some things in life are obvious.  others, not so… when i was 17 years old, i went to the Christian … Continue reading

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chapter 20: seven

a week.  seven days.  that was the length of time between my time at UCLA and my visit back to dr. g at USC. a week is a long time.  to think.  to notice things.  to consider possibilities. my impending … Continue reading

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chapter 19: location, location, location! MY BRAIN TUMOR

my tumor is in the deepest part of my head.  nearly right in the middle, and right behind my pituitary gland.  HOW THE CRAP DO YOU GET TO IT WITH A KNIFE????  not a good thought…  when it hemorrhaged, it … Continue reading

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chapter 18: malaise ya

after my UCLA trip, i was really down.  everything the doctor had told me was bad.  the only positive at this point was that both dr. b. and dr. g. (whose roundtable of radiologists had finally reviewed my images) suspected … Continue reading

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chapter 17: trap her! keep her!

at the end of my tests and near-arrest for banana theft at USC, i got copies of my images and stuffed them into my notebook.  my brain tumor notebook.  i’d become a student again, and this was my school supply. … Continue reading

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chapter 16: the difference

on may 5th, exactly one week before i raced to the emergency room and was told i had a tumor or an aneurysm in my brain, jacki cisneros was working her overnight job in a los angeles newsroom.  she called … Continue reading

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chapter 15: “shenanigans,” or, “slim hoodbody”

shenanigans.  the hospital isn’t exactly a barrel of laughs.  it’s a serious place.  people are sick.  people are suffering.  people are barely holding on.  people die.  a hospital is a grim building.  for all of its medical wonders, for all … Continue reading

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