The Fault in our Cancer

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The Fault in our Stars.

Gosh, even the name of this book is beautiful. I typed it several times to quote my favourite passages into Tumblr and never got tired of entering those five gorgeous words into my laptop. I was both moved and bothered by this book.

Moved because of the witty banter, the eloquent wordplay and the finely crafted innocent romance that drew far too many parallels to my own life like all John Green novels I have read. I related to TFioS so much. In some ways it was like my life story. In others it was dramatically different.

Bothered because much like 50/50 (the movie where Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character has cancer), it completely disregarded any alternative cancer treatments or therapies. Though Hazel, the protagonist in TFioS, was a vegetarian, throughout most of the novel she ate SAD (Standard American Diet) meals of pizza, mac & cheese and other dishes slathered in animal fat.

Movies like forks over knives and my own research into alternative therapy have convinced me that there are other ways to deal with disease. I wish

Though I think movies like 50/50 and books like TFioS likely paint a very accurate picture of life as a conventional cancer patient, I can’t help but want the best for the characters, to see Hazel heal and grow old. I want her to eat plants, stop taking medication and having tubes put in and out of her… I think it is all very unnatural (Google G-Tube to see what I mean) and I wish that no one had to subject themselves to that.

I am a bit scared to post this and write about my thoughts on the cancer topic… I may not be the best person to write about how we should treat cancer, after-all I have never had cancer and am not a nutritionalist or a doctor, however I have seen the differences in my own health. When I was in grade 11 I had chronic bronchitis and was constantly sick. I lived on antibiotics and I was SO TRIED ALL THE TIME. I was depressed and had no energy. And congested, couldn’t sleep. Awful. But since then I have switched to a compassion-based lifestyle and a plant-based (vegan, now mostly raw vegan) diet and I cannot express how much of a differences these changes have made and continue to make for my quality of life. I have also noticed that some people get very defensive and very upset when I mention alternative treatment and therapies. My intention in sharing these thoughts is not to upset anyone, but rather to communicate my wish for the world to be healthy and nourished. And I think we can do it… an apple a day (but not in a twilight way.. literary joke haha).

A Reminder About Equality

Even if I was against gay marriage, which I am not, I don’t think my personal opinion on the way other people should live should prevent other people from being happy… that is, if the way they chose to be happy allows everyone else to continue to be happy as well. Equality for all. Let’s share this world and make it awesome.

Love,

J.REMPS

Welcome to Nerdfighting

What is a Nerdfighter?

Quite possibly you! Chances are, if you are reading this blog you are a nerdfighter (though you may not know it yet).

A nerdfighter is a person who, instead of being made of out bones and organs like regular people, is made out of awesome. They try to decrease world-suck.

This whole thing was started by two brothers, John and Hank Green. They have a youtube channel called vlogbrothers. John is an author (one of my favorites! he wrote Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Paper Towns to name a couple) and Hank is an eco-blogger turned internet musician.

They’ve spawned an entire internet community and some very cool real-life initiatives. For example, The Uncultured Project was started by a guy named Shawn who quit grad school and took his savings to try and end poverty. Mucho props to him. Hank started his own record label for YouTube musician, DFTBA Records.

There are all sorts of nerdfighters out there. From the large Dr.Who community (I should really watch at least one episode since so many people are so obsessed with this), to the Harry Potter nerds (Wooo!), to gleeks (also wooo!), to people that really like videogames (not so much for me but to each his own).

They have a video explaining all this…

Now that we’ve defined things here are some of my favorite videos to get you started.

Accio Deathly Hallows

A Song About an Anglerfish

The first 5 second of that NEVER fail to make me laugh. Kitty! Tee hee.

I Know (a song in 10 words)

How Nerdfighters Drop Insults

Haha, “Fowl and ugly witch” and “bombard of sac”. So jokes!

I hope you enjoy and remember…

DFTBA!

(don’t forget to be awesome)

Books You Should Read!

Recently Yoko Ono posted some reading recommendations and it inspired me to do the same. I was quite surprised that I have read one of the books on her list (Skinny Bitch) and heard about many others. I would definitely recommend a trip to your local library for these beauties.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

This is the most hauntingly beautiful novel I have ever read. It is one of those books where you just sit and cry for a long time, but it is okay. Very sad but very touching and powerful. It’s been made into a movie that I still have to see. Soon…

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

This has been one of my favorite bedtime stories. It took me quite a while to get through it because I don’t always have time to devote to reading but it makes some interesting statements about society and the world. The author has a blog and did an interesting TED Talk I had to watch for one of my courses.

Paper Towns by John Green

I am a huge fan of John Green. His books and his youtube channel have developed a large internet following, and rightly so. He is a funny, engaging author and this was his first novel that I read. It was been optioned to become a movie so watch for it in the coming years!

Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

This is a bit of a diet book (although it feels more like a magazine) but it is all about modern veganism and health. I love their witty writing style. The book had me laughing out loud several times. I am glad that both Yoko and I are recommending this one.


Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson Book Cover

I finished reading John Green’s new collaboration with David Levithan, “Will Grayson, Will Grayson”. What an excellent book. It was really an entertainment novel and by that I mean that It reads much like a movie or TV show. I found myself laughing out loud (actually) several times. In fact, I think the David Levithan bits were a bit funnier than the John Green bits. I’ll have to check out his other books. I laughed and got teary eyed a little at times, it was very well done. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending… I think I was expecting some sort of closure (an epilogue maybe?).

“it’s like, you know how sometimes you see a really sexy baby? wait…”

If you like musical theatre, emo kids, or relationships i’m sure you will enjoy this book!

Endnote: This guy reminds me the slightest bit of Tiny Cooper. Just putting that out there.