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Book Club: I’m Just A Person, Chapter 8

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Welcome to the comments and discussion of Chapter 8: Looking Down of the book, I’m Just A Person by Tig Notaro! Catch up on Chapter 1: Over My Mother’s Dead BodyChapter 2: Are You My Mother, Chapter 3: The Downfall, Chapter 4: Saying Good-Bye, Chapter 5: Letting Go, Chapter 6: Diagnosis, and Chapter 7: Largo.

Let’s get started!  Chapter 8!


Two quotations really stood out to me this week:

“Every choice I made — what to eat, where to go, who to be around — was tied directly to my health and what I had been through.”

“It was the scene before the crime.  The picture before the crash.  I was staring at my naivete, my assumption that life would continue to go on right where it had left off.”

I connected so wholeheartedly to these ideas…the rearrangement of priorities and the complete loss of innocence that cancer bring.  Even 5 years later I still tie many of the choices that I make to my health and what I’ve been through.  And 5 years later, I can still look at my own “picture[s] before the crash” and wonder, how in the hell did we get here?  And I haven’t even mentioned yet, how powerfully Tig discusses body issues.  Such a great chapter.

What about you?  Were there specific passages that resonated with you this week?

Thanks for joining us for Chapter 8: Looking Down of I’m Just A Person!  Join in next Monday for Chapter 9: God Never Gives You More Than You Can Handle.

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!  At the end, we’ll have a book club discussion via video chat!  Also, there will probably be spoilers.  Read along with us!

How are you enjoying our young adult cancer book club?