qotd: Positivity is Bullshit When You Have Cancer

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The truth is we don’t know why this shit happens. In an interview with The Guardian, Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of the ‘cancer memoir’ The Emperor of All Maladies, says, “In a spiritual sense, a positive attitude may help you get through chemotherapy and surgery and radiation and what have you. But a positive mental attitude does not cure cancer—any more than a negative mental attitude causes cancer.” We need to stop blaming cancer patients and start supporting their emotional needs. We can’t stop time. We can’t control most of life’s plot twists. We can embrace the unexpected, and give a patient a shoulder to cry on so that she can face her disease with genuine hope and realistic expectations.

via Positivity is Bullshit When You Have Cancer.

QOTD June 28, 2012

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“I remember my own childhood vividly . . . I knew terrible things. But I knew I mustn’t let adults know I knew. It would scare them.”

Maurice Sendak, in conversation with Art Spiegelman,
The New Yorker, September 27, 1993”

Excerpt From: Gaiman, Neil. “The Ocean at the End of the Lane.” HarperCollins, 2013-06-01. iBooks.
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