Cancer Kids = TV Gold?

Christopher Kula Crusade for Childhood Cancer Awareness by #abodyofhope blog | "Cancer on Television" article

Cancer, how romantic! Doesn’t everyone want cancer? No?? Didn’t you love that movie about it? What about the new TV show with the cancer kids? Didn’t you read that funny, sexy book about the girl and guy who both had cancer? Isn’t cancer so super in style right now? Well, all these shows and books sure make it seem that way.

That’s right folks, cancer is hip. Young, pretty, cheekboney, fancy hat-wearing cancer: where you always have a boyfriend,  you aren’t really THAT sick, and all your friends come to visit you, showering you with attention. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Never: throwing up all the time-cancer, face and body all puffy because you are so bloated from the meds, surgeries, spinal taps, bone marrow transplants, spending so much time in the hospital your friends get tired of showing up- cancer. Oh man, but that sounds more like the depressing kind of “sick” and that’s more of a bummer….. We like seeing the attractive, uplifting, hopeful kind of sick people who are more like saints than sick.

Sounds pretty silly when you say out loud, huh? Even though these stories are all fictional and can bring some amount of awareness, it’s really important to remember: THEY. AREN’T. REAL.

A REAL story is my friend Chris who is fighting Leukemia for the second time in his 14-year-old life. He was just a little kid the first time he went into remission and fought long and hard back then when they celebrated his survival. At 13 doctors told him his monster had returned with another 3 years of treatments. THREE MORE YEARS!!! He has been nearly living in the hospital with REALLY not fun and definitely sick-making, often painful treatments, sometimes surgery, missing his freshman year of high school: Cancer.  His parents are in it with him for the ride. Chris is a dope guy and would definitely be a STAR in his own blockbuster movie, but we don’t want the movie to be about cancer!

Christopher's Crusade. Fight like a kid | Cancer on TV article #Leukemia #childhoodcancer #abodyofhope

Any of us can only really imagine what that would be like growing up. What were you doing when you were 14?

I’m guessing it isn’t like summer camp as portrayed on a recent TV show. And it’s probably not like making a wish so outrageous you can fly out of the country with your funny sexy cancer girlfriend like in a popular book/movie.

This month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. If you want to do something to help Chris, it would mean so much to him and to his family if you just Like his Facebook page Christopher’s Crusade. And if you do, you can ask Chris what he thinks of these shows and movies, too.

Share what you think of modern cancer fiction in the comments section. How do you think it effects our awareness?

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I do not know why it is that we must wade through tragic circumstances to find truth. We nearly drown! But under the water, there are pearls. I hope in writing this blog, more will come to the surface. Over the past 13 years living with chronic pain, patient advocacy has affected my life through so many remarkable young people, women and men: SURVIVORS. These individuals are HOPE personified. I wish to honor them in the same spirit they have encouraged me to press on. Six years ago, I became bed-bound from a variety of chronic illnesses after a procedure meant to help the pain condition I had been managing for several years- went bust #BIGTIME. In the last 6 years, my entire life has changed. I have changed, but I am still striving to live my best life possible. Along with sharing inspiring pieces, medical/holistic research, and awareness articles, this blog is also an attempt to put my own pieces back together. Welcome to A Body of Hope, and thank you for visiting. [Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/ RSD, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Dysautonomia, Chronic Intractable Migraine, Cluster headache, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Occipital Neuralgia, Hypersensitivity to Sound & Light, Fibromyalgia, Cerebrospinal Fluid Imbalance......blah, blah, blah] >>> P.S. My headgear is protective for pain. I just rock it hard.

Posted on September 24, 2014, in Cancer, Humor, Television and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. This is perfect, just perfect. Thank you for it.

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  2. I agree that cancer has definitely been glamorized, and it makes it seem like no big deal. I haven’t personally experienced this illness myself, but I have seen the effects of cancer on several friends and family members, and it’s horrifying.

    I wonder what it would be like if they tried to make a totally raw TV show/movie/book about the true journey of a cancer patient…would it get as many views and become as popular as these overly embellished, happy ones? Probably not. In fact, I’m sure there are plenty of these real stories out there, but they don’t get as many views. People choose to watch and read the feel-good ones instead, because that’s easier than having to deal with the gut-wrenching sadness that comes from learning about the real challenges that people go through.

    I can definitely understand your perspective on this issue of cancer in the media/entertainment industry. As you know from my post, I’m one of those people who does watch the shows and movies you mentioned. However, I really stop to think about the real struggles of people with cancer/other illnesses as I watch, reminding myself that things in reality are much worse than they seem on the TV screen. The problem comes when these popular movies and books are the only exposure some people get to cancer, so they think it’s a minor illness, not something with the power to destroy so much.

    I will definitely keep your friend Chris in my thoughts and prayers ❤

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    • What a thoughtful comment Rachel. I thank you for it.
      I am obviously guilty of enjoying entertaining shows or books that portray cancer patients or sick people in general. It’s just so polarizing when friends like Chris and others are going through the REAL battle. Like you said, the real thing is not glamorous. And it skews the perception I fear.
      Your comment about a reality show reminded me of Juliana Rancic’s televised journey through breast cancer. Maybe there will be more stories like hers told.
      Thanks so much. Always enjoying your posts as well 🙂

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