cancer

It turned out that, like Satan, cancer had many names.

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

I think my school friends wanted to help me through cancer, but they eventually found out that they couldn’t. For one thing, there was no through.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

According to Maslow, I was stuck on the second level of the pyramid, unable to feel secure in my health and therefore unable to reach for love and respect and art and whatever else, which is, utter horseshit: The urge to make art or contemplate philosophy does not go away when you are sick. Those urges just become transfigured by illness. Maslow’s pyramid seemed to imply I was less human than other people, and most people seemed to agree with him.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

The urge to make art or contemplate philosophy does not go away when you are sick. Those urges just become transfigured by illness.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

If you were to go, and hopefully someday you will, you would see a lot of paintings of dead people. You’d see Jesus on the cross, and you’d see a dude get stabbed in the neck, and you’d see people dying at sea and in battle and a parade of martyrs. But Not. One. Single. Cancer. Kid. Nobody biting it from the plague or smallpox or yellow fever or whatever, because there is no glory in illness. There is no meaning to it. There is no honor in dying of.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Thinking you won’t die is yet another side effect of dying.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

You’ll live forever in our hearts, big man. (That particularly galled me, because it implied the immortality of those left behind: You will live forever in my memory, because I will live forever! I AM YOUR GOD NOW, DEAD BOY! I OWN YOU!)

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

My cancer is me. The tumors are made of me. They’re made of me as surely as my brain and my heart are made of me. It is a civil war with a predetermined winner.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

That was the worst part about having cancer, sometimes: The physical evidence of disease separates you from other people.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Support Group featured a rotating cast of characters in various states of tumor-driven unwellness. Why did the cast rotate? A side effect of dying.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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