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Book Club: Everything Changes, Chapter 11

young adult cancer book club

Welcome to the comments and discussion of Chapter 11: Off the Map of the book, Everything Changes: The Insider’s Guide to Cancer in Your 20s and 30s!  Catch up on Chapter 1: RamenonmicsChapter 2: When G-d Things Happen to Sick People, Chapter 3: Single, Chapter 4: Human Spectacles, Chapter 5: Malignant and Indignant, Chapter 6: Something in the Air, Chapter 7: Mortality Bites, Chapter 8: The Myth of Eternal Optimism, Chapter 9: It Girl, and Chapter 10: The Fix.

Let’s get started!  Chapter 11!


This chapter focuses on the feeling of being off the map in many different ways.  The primary person interviewed by the author in this chapter lives in a community where there are distinct barriers to receiving quality care and where speaking about illness is seen as taboo.  Emotionally, medically, geographically we may all experience feelings of being off the map in various ways during our cancer treatments and survivorships.  Isolation, communication with friends and family, communication with a physician, access to quality and supportive care…these are all ways in which we can take control, feel out of control, get lost off the map in our cancer experiences.

Thanks for joining us for our Chapter 11: Off the Map of Everything Changes: The Insider’s Guide to Cancer in Your 20s and 30s!  Join in next Monday for Chapter 12: Naked in the Streets.

If you’re just joining us, here are some logistics:

We will talk about a chapter each Monday until the book is done.  Then, we’ll use one more Monday to talk about general feelings from the book and anything else you’d like to discuss.  Join in, in the comments every week!  Also, there will probably be spoilers.  Read along with us!

How are you enjoying our young adult cancer book club?