Learning to Live Out Loud with Brain Cancer | Tatiana Sarkisian
by Anthony Effinger
The Think Neuro podcast from Pacific Neuroscience Institute takes you into the clinic, operating room and laboratory with doctors and surgeons who are tackling the most challenging brain diseases and disorders. Host: Anthony Effinger
Episode 29: Show Notes
Eight years ago, at age 23, Tatiana Sarkisian was waiting to meet with a professor in her architecture program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. She remembers her right hand moving across her body on its own, then her body slumping down onto the floor.
The next thing she remembers is waking up in an ambulance. She’d had a seizure. Soon after, Tatiana learned that she had brain cancer. More specifically, she had a grade III Anaplastic Astrocytoma, a tumor of the glial cells. That first seizure started her on a cancer Odyssey, with four surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, treatments that have extended her life. The rollercoaster of emotions left her feeling isolated and alone.
She sought out deeper support and community and she’s learned that she wants to tell her story to help others who are specifically dealing with brain cancer. She has found her voice. Listen to this episode to learn how Tatiana is living with her disease and helping others live with theirs.
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About the Author
Think Neuro's host is Anthony Effinger, an award-winning journalist who is fascinated with neuroscience and the workings of the brain. Anthony spent 24 years at Bloomberg News, where he covered all aspects of finance, with forays into science and health. In 2006, the Association of Health Care Journalists awarded him first prize for Playing the Odds, an in-depth piece on the changing strategies used to treat prostate cancer. These days, he is a staff writer at Willamette Week, a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife and two children.
Last updated: May 19th, 2023