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Season 4 Episode 16: Reacting to Hank Green's Cancer Diagnosis


This week Mary and Alex respond to Hank Green’s recent video in which he shares his cancer diagnosis. Hank was very open and honest as he begins this journey. Mary and Alex discuss their reactions to Hank’s perspective, expectations from the audience of content creators, and the many life lessons to be learned when faced with a serious diagnosis.



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Episode Highlights

  • Intro [0:13]

  • Welcome Back! [1:24]

  • Hank Green [2:33]

  • John Green [2:45]

  • Fault in Our Stars [3:06]

  • Content creators [3:56]

  • “It’s probably nothing” [4:10]

  • American Healthcare System [6:37]

  • Sadie Mae joins us [10:00]

  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma [10:45]

  • Smiling when discussing serious issues [11:01]

  • Emotional processing in private [12:17]

  • Difference between blood cancers and solid mass tumor cancers [13:04]

  • Risk factors for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma [16:05]

  • Knowledge is power [18:35]

  • Audio issues [20:15]

  • Practicalities and logistics [20:50]

  • “This is your job now.” [23:30]

  • Expectations of content creators [24:22]

  • It’s Not About Me [25:05]

  • Sadie’s afraid of the rain [25:16]

  • Specific requests [26:50]

  • “Let’s fight this thing together” - NOT. [28:40]

  • Good science, good healthcare, good outlook/attitude, chance [28:55]

  • Nerdy science guy [29:30]

  • Control is a spectrum [30:10]

  • I can be both. [30:55]

  • Grieving the person who’s never had cancer [31:02]

  • Friendships:Joyful in the moment, wise in the long term [31:38]

  • What you give comes back to you, multiplied.[32:40]

  • “I’m fine, but I’m not fine.” [33:27]

  • The “Big C” [33:53]

  • Tuberculosis? [34:37]

  • Effects of cancer on an entire community [35:53]

  • No apology necessary [37:17]

  • Cancer sucks! [38:07]

  • We wish you well, Hank! [40:12]

  • Thanks for listening! [40:14]

Summary Keywords

Podcast, Spotify, Anchor, research, advocacy,Hodgkin’s lymphoma, blood cancer, chemo, content creator, life-long learner, cancer sucks, control



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