I hate to say it, but I have to disagree with you. I am super excited to hear Italia Ricci speak and possible meet her face to face. I love watching the show each week. Yeah, some of it may be inaccurate to what a true cancer patient goes through, but it is tv after all. They have to make a good show.
Don't get me wrong, I was extremely upset with April for the first few episodes...she drove me crazy not telling her family, going to appointments alone, and continuing to work so much. I wanted to shake her and tell her to tell her family and take a break from work because her health is way more important than writing a newspaper story. But every person is different and has different priorities and handles the word Cancer differently. For me, my parents were the first people I told (and it was within a few hours of learning I had cancer), they came to every single appointment with me, and I took time off work immediately. Not only was my physical health my main concern, but so was my mental health. I was in no shape to think about work.
But once April told her family and took a break from work, I felt I could relate to her a lot more and I started to really feel for her. And her ongoing struggles with boys and friendships are very identifiable for me. I think everyone can find something to relate to with April, whether it is treatment or relationships or work.
So I feel Italia Ricci is a very relatable and knowledgeable member of the young adult cancer club. She doesn't need a diagnosis to join because of all the great advocacy work she is doing alongside her acting role as April.
I can't wait to attend CancerCon!! It's my first Stupid Cancer event. I'm literally counting down the days to meeting new awesome friends, hanging with people who understand, gaining that feeling of inclusion, learning new things about all sorts of cancer topics, building lasting relationships, and just enjoying myself. It will be powerful. I am ready.