Inside My Head, Now on YouTube

On May 13, 2016, Adam was ordered to a “stat” MRI by his primary care provider. The scan revealed a 71mm primary brain tumor that would be diagnosed as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a deadly and aggressive brain cancer. In this talk Adam shares his journey (so far) with GBM, and he highlights lessons that are …

Coming Together! Inside My Head: Public Talk on March 5, 2017

What Will I Talk About? Glioblastoma is an aggressive brain cancer that affects mostly 50 and 60 year olds; though the disease is not restricted by age. High grade gliomas are present in all ages, from children to young adults, 30-somethings like me, and those decades older than I am. I started a journal the …

Our Cells; Our Bodies

Introduction: Biology, Bodies, and Minds I framed Glioblastology with an insight from the 20th century¬†French existentialist Maurice Mearleau-Ponty, grounding our mental and emotional states in our bodies and biology. The identification of our “self” with our bodies shapes¬†the framework through which I share content with you. It is our bodies, broken and dependent on others, …

Patient Empowerment and Sticking to a Treatment Regimen

Recently I have been talking about patient-centered healthcare, and I offered a philosophical take on patient empowerment, drawing from my own experience. One important suggestion I advanced is that both patients and medical teams share common ground: asking why? In this post I focus on the patient experience. In the future we will see this question framed for researchers. Patients are often frustrated, …