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Book Club: Everything Changes, Chapter 4

Welcome to the comments and discussion of Chapter 4: Human Spectacles 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, and Chapter 3: Single.

Let’s get started!  Chapter 4!


Everyone typically has that one person (or more if they are lucky!) in his or her life that tells you straight. When you look like hell, need a reality check, or cut your bangs too short. I think (hope) I was that person for my aunt. When she was sick with C and preparing herself for and thinking through next steps, I was always open and honest with her. I feel like she appreciated that. I appreciated it. It allowed me to help her in ways that others couldn’t. It allowed us to have special moments together, moments I’ll forever cherish.

Amilca’s brother saved her life through a stem cell donation. My next thought: What’s it like to donate stem cells? The American Cancer Society has some good info.

“Facing death is the most painful thing I’ve had to go through, but it is the greatest gift I have ever been given.” – Amilca

No one enjoys the hell that is C. There’s nothing easy about it – for you or your caregivers. Even strangers have a hell of a time dealing with it. But do you learn a lot? You learn everything.

Thanks for joining us for our Chapter 4: Human Spectacles of Everything Changes: The Insider’s Guide to Cancer in Your 20s and 30s!  Join in next Monday for Chapter 5: Malignant and Indignant.

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?