So, I've got cancer

Published 2023-05-19
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If you are a friend of mine and you're like "Why am I hearing about this in a YouTube video" I'm sorry about that. I spread the news a bit, but I figured I'd let this do some of the heavy lifting for me.

Also, when I recorded this email, I didn't have my full schedule, but now I do. My first treatment begins....drumroll please, literally as this video goes live. So, there's a very good chance that I'm reading the comments right now while getting my first round of chemotherapy. I've also gotten my. PET/CT which showed that the cancer has not spread anywhere from its original location in my left armpit/chest area, which is very good news.

This sucks so bad, but I'm already learning so much...mostly about myself.

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All Comments (21)
  • @vlogbrothers
    Reply with some good movie and media recommendations here. NO BUMMERS. Hank, as someone who found the film Big Bird Comes Home a little emotionally overwhelming (because Big Bird leaves home and gets very scared before, get this, eventually coming home again), here are my recommendations:
    1. All nine Fast and Furious movies in order (there are bummers but the bummers happen alongside, like, cars in space, so they do not feel like huge bummers)
    2. Harvey (zero bummers)
    3. Happy Gilmore (lowest stakes of any film ever made)
    I love you. We all love you. You've got this. -John
  • @Kwiteee
    You are a boon to this world Hank and we're all pulling for you
  • @miliplint
    Just got surgery 2 months ago for cancer, was bummed as i am only 16, but it now opened the world to how many people are struggling just as much. Trust in those around you, you are strong!
  • @KFinn3000
    I was just diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma 3 days ago. I’m so thankful this came on my YouTube feed. I’m still processing it and I don’t know anyone with lymphoma. I’ve just subscribed to your channel so I can follow your journey while we deal with this together! Good luck!
  • As a medical student, the way my breath wooshed out in relief when you said "Hodgkins." I am sending you every ounce of positive energy I have. Be gentle to yourself through this journey. Journal, if you can. Go to therapy, if you can. Let your reactions be your reactions. We are all rooting for you, and medicine can do the rest. You've done enough science, Hank, we've got this one for you.
  • @JackieH040
    As someone who's gotten 3 cancer diagnosis in 4 years: be kind to yourself Hank. You're probably gonna feel like shit some days, but as you said take it one day at a time and take care of yourself ❤ You've got this!
  • I’m a 42 year old college student and your crash course videos have saved me in chemistry, anatomy and microbiology. I do t think you will ever know the positive impact you’ve had on this whole world. We love you and you’re not done here. You’ll beat this!
  • @renaigh
    Hank, I can't stress enough that you have to repress the urge to start a Totally Legal Chemistry business during this difficult time.
  • @medusatc3275
    I was diagnosed with the same thing earlier this year. They found it during stage 3 and I’ve recently started the chemo treatment. I have already seen better results in my blood work and physically. Be as positive as you can and trust the process. It may feel like hell but we gotta be thankful for our blessings.🙏🏿stay strong
  • Theres nothing easy about saying “I have cancer” and the fact that you’re able to remain so cheery and so geeky still about this (its science damn it!) brings so much joy and warmth to me. Hank, you’re absolutely bombastically awesome and this journey won’t be easy but there will be a definitive end eventually.
    Keep your head up high and stay strong, even if you may get a little weak at times, all okay.
    One of my favorite movies is Amelie, and I really liked the series Insatiable (its a total comedy, my only concern would be that theres murder and things like that so be careful!).
    I’ll come back every time I think of something that would be light heartedly good.
    See you soon!
  • @nowherefool
    Hank, I am a Hodgkin's survivor myself, been 10 years in remission now. I know that dealing with this type of news can be exhausting and in my experience it takes a long time to process, for me it was years even after the cancer had become undetectable. When I went through it I was very encouraged by how people around me would display their affection for me and I guess that's what I am trying to do now. Even if you don't know me I want you to know that for several years watching you on social media has made my life better and I'm pretty certain that many more people feel the same. I appreciate you. I wish you the best.
  • We're all rooting for your recovery, Hank. Take it easy on yourself. We'll still be here waiting for you ❤
  • @elissawaller
    I was diagnosed in 2020 and had the exact same identity thought. “I don’t want to be the cancer girl! I’m so much more than that.” You can control how much you let it seep into your own perception of your identity, and I fought that for a while, but it was really comforting once I accepted that it was a big part of my life now. It’s not all of me, but it is a part of it. I’m so happy to hear you have so much support around you :)
  • @thejesuschrist
    Dude, sending positive thoughts your way my dude. Love you.
  • @jennyd126
    Hanks cancer journey and his scientific understanding are going to help sooooo many folks… always loved the Green brothers insights ❤
  • @hmmmhmmm001
    Love you Hank. Take it easy, we will always be here for whenever you're able to come back, even if it's for a little bit we will still support you ❤️
  • Hey man, my mom pulled through ovarian cancer at 18. If they could cure her, yours is extremely treatable. You’re just gonna be a badass “I kicked cancers ass, goofy science guy who makes everyone’s day.” You just earned another title is all. It’ll be unpleasant, it always is with medical stuff usually on some level, but you’re young and healthy otherwise. As long as it stays as it is, you’re going to be fine. We will still be here when you’re feeling strong enough to educate us some more. In the meantime, I have a funny educational channel called ZeFrank, he talks a lot about animals, he might cheer you up when you’re feeling low. Don’t push yourself too much while dealing with this, you have a support system, and you do need rest when this starts.

    Oh yeah! There’s a potion crafting game on steam I like to waste time on its 2D and has a cute art style, I would recommend stardew but it does have some emotional stuff so maybe not that. Minecraft is always a classic to play, I like starbound, I didn’t find that too emotional and it’s quite fun, I’ve had my eyes on no man’s sky and that’s all I can think of for now
  • I was just recently diagnosed with a type of cancer and this video hit home for me. Hearing your thoughts has comforted me in knowing everyone has their fears and you helped me put words to some of the emotions that I feel but can't explain. I am starting chemotherapy in a few weeks and have felt a growing sense of thankfulness to all the health workers who spend so much of their time and energy on helping others. I wanted to say thank you for putting this video out and expressing your feelings, as it has made so many others not feel alone.
  • @nathanieldrew
    So unbelievably candid, honored that you have shared this with us, we're rooting for you through this process.