Life seemed idyllic for thirty-two-year-old Liz Holzemer. Wife of Major League Baseball pitcher Mark Holzemer, Liz was enjoying a successful career as a journalist when an MRI revealed a baseball-size brain tumor she soon found out was called meningioma. Told with clarity and unwavering humor, this book is an inspirational and informative account of one woman’s battle for her life. It shows how she emerged from this frightening diagnosis and two brain surgeries retaining her remarkable spirit of survival and ...
Life seemed idyllic for thirty-two-year-old Liz Holzemer. Wife of Major League Baseball pitcher Mark Holzemer, Liz was enjoying a successful career as a journalist when an MRI revealed a baseball-size brain tumor she soon found out was called meningioma. Told with clarity and unwavering humor, this book is an inspirational and informative account of one woman’s battle for her life. It shows how she emerged from this frightening diagnosis and two brain surgeries retaining her remarkable spirit of survival and renewed sense of purpose and hope. With practical information about meningioma and brain surgery, Curveball is a manual for people who face life-altering challenges and is also proof that one need not fight such battles alone.
This book is sooo well written and gives an excellent account of Liz Holzemer's personal journey with a brain tumor. This book in my opinion, is an inspiration to everyone that has any life changing illness. She relates her tricky ordeal in a straightforward and truthful way exposing her emotional state and brings quite a lot of humor to her story. I strongly recommend this book to be used as a manual for anyone who has a brain tumor, knows someone with a brain tumor as well as doctors, health c
As a Meningioma survivor myself, I found this book to be the best handbook for a person with this type of brain tumor. There is just not enough awareness out there for this primary brain tumor. Liz handles this book with grace and determination to get on with her life.
She truly made her experience into something wonderful and positive. I would be giving away the plot, if I told you.
Truly, a great read for anyone who has been diagnosed with a Meningioma. This is a great month
Get off the computer now and buy this book. This is the first book that provides a first person view of a brain tumor journey. With great wit, candor and honesty Liz opended up about her own brain tumor journey. Liz is doing the hard work here. Not only educatiing the public but bringing the public in for a birds-eye view of the daily struggles of a brain tumor diagnosis. I wish I had this book prior to my own journey and recommend in to all that are expereincing life with a brain tumor.
I had surgery for a brain meningioma on August 24, 09. A girlfriend of mine sent me a link to Liz Holzemer's book review. I ordered the book, reading it non-stop until the end. I was truly amazed at the similiarities, including finding the tumor by happen-in-stance. Her life aliments mimicked mine. This is a must read for anyone who has had this surgery or the family of a loved one facing it. Even though I tried to tell family and friends my thoughts and feelings, no one knows until they are bei
Having just undergone my second brain surgery, I can attest to the fact that this book will prepare anyone who is going to undergo this type of surgery, and would be especially helpful to a family member who wants to understand what their loved one will be experiencing. Liz masterfully interweaves the unvarnished facts with humour, making it delightful read. I would loved to have had such a book to read prior to my surgeries!
Liz Holzemer, www.lizholzemer.com, is a freelance writer, author, and speaker. She is also the founder of the nonprofit, Meningioma Mommas, www.meningiomamommas.org, which provides a free and unique 24/7 online forum for patients, family members and caregivers and funds meningioma specific research. Liz has been profiled on the Today Show, Discovery Health Channel and been featured in 5280, USA TODAY, Woman’s World, and other print media. Liz is a past recipient of the Tim Gullikson Spirit Award and Woman’s Day Annual ‘Women Who Inspire Us” Award and continues to share her “second chance” story while increasing meningioma awareness. She is a contributing author to Meningiomas: A Comprehensive Text (Elsevier Press, 2010). Liz donates a percentage of each sale of Curveball: When Life Throws You a Brain Tumor to meningioma research. She lives in Colorado with her husband, Mark, and their two miracle children, Hannah and Hunter and loyal lab, Koufax while maintaining her sense of humor on a daily basis.