There are four plates and eight screws made out of surgical titanium in my head. No, they don’t set off metal detectors. This blog chronicles my college experience through the lens of neurologically relevant events and topics while I find purpose after adversity. I hope that it can aid and guide future college students facing/post-craniotomy, affected by seizures, or otherwise to navigate college. Read my Backstory post to get a better handle on the past eight years of my medical history.

I created and co-moderate the #btsm (brain tumor social media) Twitter chat the first Sunday of each month at *6PST/9EST* as of 2016. These chats create a space and online presence for a discussion about brain tumors that is accessible to anyone from anywhere in the world. These organized events often feature guest moderators from the healthcare community (psychologists, radiation oncologists and neurosurgeons) or the world of brain tumor advocacy (policy makers, nonprofit organizations and caregivers) and are a way for anyone affected by a brain tumor to share experiences, voice their opinions about healthcare, medication, side effects, social change, doctors, nurses, caregivers, and anything and everything in-between. Join us! For more information, contact me, @Cblotner_, via Twitter.

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The #btsm logo was designed by a fellow brain cancer blogger, Liz! You can find her on Twitter under @TheLizArmy and read about her getting busy living on TheLizArmy.com


5 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Catherine,
    My name is Michael and I am a former Barrett student and currently a neurosurgery resident physician. I appreciate your blog, which I found through the BHC webpage, and I’m glad that you are taking an interest in patient advocacy. Please let me know if I can ever be of use to you in your endeavors. mmm2292@gmail.com

    • Hi Kaitlyn, I just subscribed to your blog. Thanks for sharing your brain tumor story with the rest of the world. We need more patient advocates to share our voices and advocate for change based off of our experiences.

  2. Hello again! First of all let me apologize. I got your name wrong and I made an assumption about your gender. I hope I did not offend you. I hate assumptions. I use a wheelchair to get around and have to rely on people’s help. Although well-intentioned, they make assumptions about what kind of help I need. They forget to ask me. This is disrespectful. I did not mean to be disrespectful.

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