The Fault In Our Stars

Soooo, now that I’m not exercising, I’m not sure what, if anything, I’m going to do to replace the WORKOUT section I usually start off with. For now, I’ll just jump right into the good stuff…

I always read before bed. Sometimes I’m tired and literally only get through 2 pages, other times, it takes me an hour to fall asleep. I was on the hunt for a good book and came across The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. From Wikipedia: “The story is narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee.”

I am really liking this book! It’s not the typical cancer book. It’s very raw and what I imagine a person, especially a teenager, would ACTUALLY think, say and feel… and I like that. What I like even more- a movie of the book is coming out June 6! So go buy the book and read it by then and we can all meet up for a movie night. K? K.

On the topic of cancer… I was contacted by the Community Outreach Director for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance to help spread awareness for Asbestos Awareness Week, April 1-7. Not sure what Asbestos is? Check out this fact sheet…

Did You Know Facts

Mesothelioma is not as publicized as, say, breast cancer, but every year around 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. On average, they are given 10 months to live. That’s 300 days. 7,200 hours. A fellow Heather, Heather Von St. James (what a great name!) is an 8 year mesothelioma survivor, a completely preventable cancer. At the time of her diagnosis, she had just given birth and was told she only had 15 months to live. Since then, she has made it her mission of spreading awareness. You can read more about her story HERE!

Between Heather’s story and the book, it makes my silly problem of not being able to exercise and having to gain weight seem pretty insignificant. Don’t get me wrong, it’s only the third day and I’m already having a hard time. I’m pretty sure I’ve already gained the 4lbs my doc requested. I have been emotional eating like it’s my job, haha. Sometimes you (meaning me) need a wake up call that things aren’t as bad as you’re making them out to be and others have it much harder than you… and I think this is a great reminder. I need to suck it up buttercup and stop throwing myself a pitty party everyday. I’ve mourned my exercising death enough. Time to move on…

Or else that 4lbs is going to turn to 8 REAL quick! HA.

What’s the last book you read?

Have you ever heard of Mesothelioma?

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  1. EVERYONE is raving about this book, I need to just read it already. You should start baking like a crazed woman, and starting your posts with that! HAHA!

    • Ya, just read it. It’s really good! If I started baking on the reg, the doc would then have to tell me to start loosing weight, haha. I have no self control with batters and frosting and all the ad-ins… and that’s before the darn stuff is even baked!

  2. Don’t smack me but I haven’t read a book book in a long time, however I am sort of drawn to this one. May I BORROW IT when you’re done?!

    And I have no idea WHAT I would do without my morning work out! I will work out EVEN LONGER for you!!!!!!

    • I’ll spare you the spanking- I mean smacking! You may borrow it, however it’s prob cheaper to Amazon it, haha. That is unless we meet half way. It’s an easy read, I think that’s why I like it 🙂

      Yes, just like you would take a shot for me if I had to miss girls night, you should work out a tad bit longer in my name. It’s appreciated.

  3. I used to be a voracious reader … but the last 2 years or so has seen my reading go down. Boo! Then again, I am also reading a lot more running, biking, and tri magazines. So … still considered reading?!?!?

    Anyway … stories like the one you mention do indeed put things in perspective. I feel lucky that I can do the things I have been doing. I also like to hear the stories of those that beat the odds … very inspiring.

  4. It’s totally okay to throw yourself a pitty party now and then as long as you don’t let it last too long 😉 Glad you’re on the up side. Dedee and I are currently reading Divergent so we can see the movie when it comes out. Good book so far but we’re only a little way in. I want to read the one you’re reading. Maybe that will be the next one I pick up.

    • A lot of people suggested Divergent, but that’s not really my type of book. You are more than welcome to borrow my book! I’ve finished it 🙂

  5. It sounds like you are keeping busy not doing the “e” word!! 🙂 That book sounds good! I just finished a live simple book which was really good and trying to figure out what I want to read next. I read Divergent a while ago and I didn’t think it was great and it was hard to get into. (just my 2 cents) 🙂

    • Ya, that’s generally not my genre of book, but I might give it a try as a lot of people have suggested it. Next on my list though is If I Stay by Gayle Forman.

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