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Book Club: Everything Changes, Chapter 13

young adult cancer book club

Welcome to the comments and discussion of Chapter 13: Fluke 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, Chapter 10: The Fix, Chapter 11: Off the Map, and Chapter 12: Naked in the Streets.

Let’s get started!  Chapter 13!


This chapter held so many pieces of someone else’s story that I connected with whole-heartedly.

“When I talk about my cancer, I don’t say this is what I went through.  I saw this is what we went through.”

“I am now horribly afraid that everyone I love is going to die…Why?  I don’t know, just because cancer fucked my brain up.  It just messed me up.”

“…the end of chemo was the beginning for me.  The hard part is starting over again and moving on with life…The thought of recurrence scared the shit out of me…”

At the end of the chapter, the woman being interviewed shows her wedding album to the author.  The author, who’s own wedding album reminds her of her own recurrence which happened so soon after, has feelings of sadness about her own album still in its original box.  The author asks the woman is she wants to see her wedding album.  “If I started gushing, I wanted to do it with someone who deeply understood why.”

At the end of chapter, I wanted to call Kairol (the author) and give her a hug.

Thanks for joining us for our Chapter 13: Fluke of Everything Changes: The Insider’s Guide to Cancer in Your 20s and 30s!  Join in soon for our final wrap up conversation.

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!

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