had a bunch of tests done today (which means a stupid amount of snapchats, obviously)
Idk if John Green will see this considering how many people must attempt to contact him on a daily basis and in the fact this message was to long for an ask, but here we go.
Dear John ( fishingboatproceeds ) ,
I’ve been a Nerdfighter for a while, a reader of your book The Fault in Our Stars…
When I first heard about John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars, I almost fell over. My boyfriend had heard about it on NPR while he was at work, and that night at the grocery store he said, “John Green is coming out with a new book. It’s about a 16-year-old girl with papillary thyroid cancer. Isn’t that what you had?” I had been that girl, the one with Stage IV papillary thyroid cancer, complete with a couple of mets (metastatic cancer) in my lungs and chest. Up until the point of my diagnosis, I knew nothing about what a thyroid was. I just knew that all I ever felt like doing was sleeping, and I was cold all the time, and I had lymph nodes so swollen I could see them when I looked in the mirror. When I was first diagnosed, I was quickly assured by my doctor that thyroid cancer was incredibly curable, and when I met my oncologist for the first time a couple of weeks after my diagnosis, he added to the comfort by saying, “if I had to pick a …
Since the movie came out I was wondering how I felt about the presentation of cancer patients and the representation of thyroid cancer.
This is a very important opinion piece outlining TFIOS’s role in cancer patient presentation to the media/public. Worth the read!