Friday, March 14, 2014
The Fault in Our Stars
As a former nurse, this book spoke to me on another level as well. The medical community in its zeal to conquer terminal illnesses seldom allows the patient to have a voice. Death is seen as failure and in the medical business this is not widely discussed or dealt with realistically. The voices of Hazel, Gus and their friend, Isaac, come through loud and clear in this book. One passage that sticks with me is when Hazel is admitted to the hospital in severe pain. The nurse asks the question, "On a scale of 1 to 10 what is your pain level?" Hazel answers nine. The nurse relates to Hazel, " I knew you were a fighter when you said nine and you were feeling ten." Hazel tells the nurse that she was not a fighter, she was just "saving" her ten.
My favorite quote from the book, Life is not a wish granting factory. Oh how often we all fall into the trap of thinking that it is!