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Book Club: Planet Cancer, Chapter 7

Welcome to the comments and discussion of Chapter 7: What Now? of the book, Planet Cancer!  Catch up on Chapter 1: DiagnosisChapter 2: Getting Your C-Legs, Chapter 3: Treatment, Chapter 4: Side Effects, Chapter 5: Staying Sane, and Chapter 6: People!

Let’s get started!  Chapter 7!


It’s such a common question in your C life. During the process & after – ok, that’s taken care of, now what’s the next step?

This chapter provided several great examples, all very different (which was good to read…there is no right answer for everyone). Your “new normal” is yours for the taking; it’s a blessing to have. Move mountains, travel, sit back and relax, find a new job, take up a new hobby, or all/none of the above.

Post C life is different. Things have changed. Your body is likely different (physically) & you probably think a little differently as well. As the book said, it’s important to take the time to figure out this new normal. All the answers might not come at once. You may feel differently about people, places, things, and causes. Embrace it.

I really appreciated the details on employment in this chapter. When wrapped up in the C world and focusing on being your own health advocate, it can be hard to juggle everything. And frankly, work can be the last thing on your mind. Know the laws. Know your rights. Know what can and cannot be asked of/from you. And if you have to explain an employment gap (ya know, because you were busy kicking C’s ass), be prepared for what to say.

Thanks for joining us for our first book club of Planet Cancer! To see what you’ve missed, check out Chapter 1: Diagnosis, Chapter 2: Getting Your C-Legs, Chapter 3: Treatment, Chapter 4: Side Effects, Chapter 5: Staying Sane, and Chapter 6: People.  Join in on Monday, September 21st for a very special Meet the Author post with Heidi Adams and her brother, Christopher Schultz!

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.  We’ll also have a great “meet the author” post coming up!  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 on Planet Cancer?  Any thoughts on what book we should try next?