Cancer is everywhere. You’re always hearing about some little kid or older adult who is getting chemo. You never hear about the outliers, though: the people who are getting slammed with a diagnosis right while they’re just figuring everything else out.
One of my closest friends is in her twenties. She has a young family. She works full-time and is pursuing creative dreams. A routine mammogram turned up a scary diagnosis: Stage 0 breast cancer.
How does someone so young get cancer?
My friend went through a whirlwind of tests to determine exactly what type of cancer she had and what treatment plan she needed. She barely had time to come to terms with the diagnosis when her oncologist told her that she would be getting a partial mastectomy.
In just a few months, her entire life changed. She is now in remission and will see her oncologist for the rest of her life.
My friend is strong. She’s a natural born fighter. She’s also extremely adaptable to anything that comes her way. I’ve always been in awe at how she handles life’s curveballs.
Right around the same time my friend was diagnosed, a new TV show hit the waves: Chasing Life. April, a twenty-something-year-old woman, is just starting out as a journalist when she finds out that she has leukemia. I knew right away that I had to watch this show. When the pilot aired, I parked my butt on the couch and watched in awe as April’s story unfolded.
There were so many similarities to my friend. April is a driven young woman who cares deeply for her family. She is open to falling in love, but her first priority is her family and career. Her diagnosis creeps in slowly, and she is determined to keep it a secret. Why should she let cancer destroy her life?
April quickly begins to realize that she is in over her head.
I watched the first two episodes as they aired, and then life got life-y and I kept missing new episodes. I finally caught up this past weekend, and Chasing Life just keeps getting better and better. Even though I don’t have cancer, I am inspired by April and the other characters. I adore how the writers handle the situations that April has to deal with. They don’t sugar coat anything, and even inserted some super dialogue that at times has me laughing and other times has me tearing up.
Chasing Life is a beautiful addition to my favorite shows.
In addition to tackling cancer, it also deals with other issues that twenty-somethings struggle with: romance, employment, sexual identity, loss, balancing familial obligations with independence, and more. I just adore this show and can’t get enough of it!
I love that ABC Family has started catering to us twenty-somethings. I haven’t seen Young and Hungry yet, but that one looks good, too. More and more networks have caught on that we’re hungry for good entertainment that speaks to us. Does anyone remember Raising Hope? That show was adorable. I’m sad that FOX canceled it, because it had great potential. My brother-in-law is a twenty-something single dad raising a four-year-old girl.
We need more shows for us. Yes, other TV shows are awesome (I love Grey’s Anatomy, for example), but they’re either geared for children, teens, or older adults. I hope that ABC Family paves the way for more shows for twenty-somethings.
I also hope that Chasing Life has a long run. It’s a game changer and was a major comfort to me while I was there for my friend. It showed me that everything she and I felt was completely normal.
Have you seen Chasing Life? What do you think of it?