brain cancer

Brittany Maynard Deserved to Choose Her Treatment

Brittany Maynard Deserved to Choose Her Treatment

As you probably already know, Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) patient who had become the face of “Death with Dignity” chose to end her life on November 1 as she had planned. And I’m really angry. No, I’m not angry at Brittany or her choice…I’m angry at the Cannabis community for its reaction […]

Lady Business: Silverkind Cannabis Jewelry

Lady Business: Silverkind Cannabis Jewelry

I met Vanessa Waltz a little over 3 years ago at a winter press conference for The Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey (CMMNJ). It was well below freezing and the team and I were practically blue after hours in the shadowy entrance of the New Jersey Statehouse. Vanessa walked up wearing nothing more than […]

Brain Cancer Awareness Month: Craig “51” Rodgers, Cannabis Warrior

Brain Cancer Awareness Month: Craig “51” Rodgers, Cannabis Warrior

ALL PHOTOS: Facebook Editor’s note: I wrote this after Craig Rodgers, aka “51”, passed away in June of last year.  It seemed too personal and sad to share this piece when I wrote it last summer. In fact, when I wrote it, I used the second person pronoun “you” because it was too hard to […]

Glioblastoma, Memories, and Cannabis: Brain Tumor Awareness Month

Glioblastoma, Memories, and Cannabis: Brain Tumor Awareness Month

I vividly remember the day I learned my father had a brain tumor. I was staying with my mother at my cousin’s house, near the hospital where I was getting chemotherapy for my own cancer. I was about to go on a walk – I tried to do some kind of exercise every day because […]

Why You Do Sh*t That’s Bad For You

Why You Do Sh*t That’s Bad For You

IMAGE: Georg Emanuel  Opitz Der Säufer, 1804 It’s funny. I was recently asked to give a talk to undergraduates interested in psychology.  I was told to pick any topic I wanted, but advised to pick something that sums up the overarching theme of what I study.  Until that moment I’d never thought about the congruence of […]

Fight Like a Girl: Dahlia’s Journey

Fight Like a Girl: Dahlia’s Journey

Dahlia’s journey started in May 2013 when at the age of 2 she was diagnosed with Anaplastic Astrocytoma, a severe and progressive type of brain cancer. Since then she has endured four brain surgeries including the placement of two different types of cranial shunts in order to drain excess fluid from her brain caused by […]