Parenthood: “Everything Is Not Okay” (Breast Cancer Awareness)

by on September 26, 2012

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Monica Potter and Peter Krause in Parenthood - breast cancer awareness

“The bad thing is already happening.”

Last night’s episode of Parenthood, titled “Everything Is Not Okay” the issue of Max being completely fixated on school vending machines and Skittles was addressed.  And so too was the journey that Kristina and Adam embarked upon once they discovered  she had breast cancer.

Oh that and Zeek making wild U-turns and getting thrown in jail and needing to take a driving test.

But the journey that NBC represented in this episode of Parenthood, these initial steps, seemed pretty accurate.  It’s a scary whirlwind and if you don’t have a good medical support system, you don’t know where you stand in the scheme of things.

You have to hope you’re in good hands, while you’re terrified at night.  A great point was made about Adam wanting to protect Kristina from bad things, but as a fellow cancer patient pointed out to her, “The bad thing is already happening.”

And Kristina asked Adam to allow her to be scared at times.

And that’s the focus of a situation like this.  It’s a terrifying land of the unknown for both parties.  But there’s also a bit of magic that comes from it.  It’s times like this that the little things that might annoy each other are near invisible and don’t mean a thing.  They’re stupid and small compared to the new bigger, more important picture.

The story of fighting breast cancer continues in the next episode.  Maybe next week they’ll tell the family.  This isn’t a journey to be taken alone.  They need the support.

A personal note:

It was noted in the episode that once the initial shock wears off and everyone knows, that’s when you can tell who your friends are.  I’d like to think that it’s not about who is your friend.  We had friends that knew what was happening and never said a word.  Can you blame them?

It’s a critical, awkward moment for people outside your inner circle.  You don’t know what to say.  Even though we’ve been through this, I have a peer whose daughter contracted cancer and I still did not know what to say.  How to approach it, if at all.

I get that most of my peers didn’t chime in.  In various conversations, they’ve acknowledged or hinted at knowing.  And as far as I’m concerned, though at times it would be nice to hear and feel the support, it’s OK, knowing that if need be, they are out there if I need them.

Personal Note #2:  It Takes ONLY One!

The story being told looks like it will be leading into October which is breast cancer awareness month.

Last night’s episode of Parenthood netted almost 5 million viewers.  I know you’ve heard it from me before, but would it not be awesome if everyone who watched the episode chimed in somewhere and only donated $1 each?  That’s what I mean about “It takes only one.”  It all adds up.

And no, I’ll never stop pitching that.  It’s too easy!

The Power of One Against Breast Cancer

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