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From Attendee to Speaker Series (Post 2 of 3)

The Inside Scoop — a behind the scenes look at an ABTA Regional Educational Meeting  An interview with the ABTA’s Program Manager, Emily Lippert One of the most enjoyable aspects for me in serving as a patient panelist during the American Brain Tumor Association’s (ABTA) “Regional Patient & Family Meeting” in partnership with the Keck Medicine of USC and USC…

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From Attendee to Speaker Series (Post 1 of 3)

The Inside Scoop — a behind the scenes look at an ABTA Regional Educational Meeting  An interview with metastatic brain tumor patient and fellow panelist, Niki Kozak. In September, I penned a blog post as an attendee of the American Brain Tumor Association’s (ABTA) National Conference (click here to read the post).  Last weekend, my husband and I had the opportunity…

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The man behind the Musella Foundation

Today I would like to introduce you to Dr. Al Musella (Al), the man behind the Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research & Information, Inc. (a.k.a the Musella Foundation).  But first, I feel compelled to share a quick story about my original interactions with Al (and his foundation). The year before my brain tumor was discovered, I was the executive…

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Healthy, Happy Cells

A cancer diagnosis often becomes a wake-up call that something in a person’s life is out of balance. This was definitely the case for me and it was the case for Lilly Padilla, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and author of the book “Anti-Cancer, Habits & Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition”. Lilly was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2003. I purchased her book…

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Born to Inspire

Today I am going to introduce you to a woman who has inspired me and countless others during the course of her brain tumor journey. Samaria (Sam) Hunter is a U.S. Navy Retiree and brain tumor survivor. A few years ago she founded Winks from God! a grassroots non-profit organization providing support to brain tumor survivors and caregivers. As many…

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