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Humans of Tam: I Didn’t Want Anyone to Treat Me Differently

Humans of Tam: I Didn’t Want Anyone to Treat Me Differently

By Kennedy Cook and Christopher Giron

April 23, 2019

Humans of Tam features anonymous students and snippets of their voices and experiences. My doctor was like eh, if you want to. But my mom would never [pass up the X-ray]. She is one of those really cautious people. When the doctor told me, oh it’s probably just swollen, I thought, ‘oh okay, then it...

Don’t Tell Me Everything Happens For a Reason

Don’t Tell Me Everything Happens For a Reason

By Kara Kneafsey

June 16, 2018

It was August of 2013, and the familiar San Francisco fog continued to roll in day after day. My life had been constantly changing the past seven months, making the disorder seem routine. Everything having to do with my sister’s condition had been evolving faster than I could follow.        ...

Crewe Hutson: Overcoming Obstacles

Crewe Hutson: Overcoming Obstacles

By Kennedy Cook and Michael Diamandakis

June 2, 2017

Freshman Crewe Hutson is not your average dual-sport athlete. Although he played running back for the Junior Varsity football team and guard for freshman basketball team, the quality that truly separates him from his peers isn’t obvious. “If you talk to most people, I look like a normal athlete out ...

Humans of Tam: My Brother Had to Come Home

Humans of Tam: My Brother Had to Come Home

By Kennedy Cook and Michael Diamandakis

December 14, 2016

  My brother had to come home. The doctors didn’t really know what was going on because he was having a lot of headaches and was having seizures, they didn’t know what was happening, they thought it was something to do with his teeth. They thought taking out the wisdom teeth would make it ...

Alongside the Battle of Cancer

Alongside the Battle of Cancer

By Shane Lavezzo

September 27, 2016

It was late in the day and junior David Fineman was with his friends when one of them told the group that his mom had bought them all movie tickets. Fineman broke down in tears. Four years ago, Fineman, in eighth grade at the time, had returned home from a baseball game and was told to sit down; his p...

Ignon’s Silent Struggle

By Kennedy Cook

September 21, 2015

The doctor told freshman Lily Ignon the lump was probably just swollen lymph nodes, nothing really, but her mother had to be sure. Soon after her exam, Ignon was given an X-ray at UCSF. She awaited her results anxiously. During Ignon’s initial exam, the Doctor was not pushing the idea of getting...

Book Review: “The Fault in our Stars”

Book Review: “The Fault in our Stars”

By Emma Boczek and Emma Boczek

May 10, 2012

In “The Fault in Our Stars”, John Green’s authentic writing sweeps readers into the bleak world of 16-year-old Hazel, a quirky, sarcastic realist, who lives “busy days of Having Cancer,” which she was diagnosed with at thirteen. Hazel is a spirited, intelligent girl, trapped in a body that...

Dark cancer comedy “50/50” balances funny and dramatic elements effectively

Dark cancer comedy “50/50” balances funny and dramatic elements effectively

By Wesley Emblidge

September 26, 2011

Here are two words that probably shouldn’t go in the same sentence: cancer and comedy. However, those are the two best words to sum up the new film by Jonathan Levine, “50/50,” starring Joseph Gordon- Levitt as Adam, a man diagnosed with cancer at just 27. Instead of taking the typical dramatic route, screenwriter Will Reiser (who drew from his real life experien...