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Hope English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Sep 09 2008

Themes: Health, Soap Opera

Intro

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The problem with keeping a painful secret is that things will remind you of it all the time, but you won’t be able to say anything about it. Think about it. Whenever you have a broken heart, the world is suddenly full of happy couples mocking you. If you have a broken leg, you’ll suddenly notice how often people run and jump around you. And you probably won’t notice how often cancer comes up in conversation until you have it.

A few weeks ago, Devan informed Jason that she has cancer. She’s been trying to keep it from the rest of the group, but Amanda accidentally hits on the topic in this video.

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Dialog

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Amanda

Amanda

Devan

Devan

Amanda:  So I know you’re not really into this whole pop culture thing, but I was just reading this week’s US and Christina Applegate was just diagnosed with breast cancer.

Devan:  Yeah.

Amanda:  And she’s, like, my age. She’s 36 years old and you just don’t

really think about it…

Devan:  Well sometimes people get cancer really young. Even as young as 22.

Amanda:  I don’t know anyone that young who has…

Devan:  Oh, I’ve heard stories about people that young.

Amanda:  Is it anyone you know? I mean, I’ve been hit hard in my family, but it’s my parents’ generation, my aunts and uncles and some grand…Are you OK? I’m sorry. Did I say something? Does one of your parents or one of your grandparents…

Devan:  Actually I…

Amanda:  Talk to me.

Devan:  I just found out that I…

Amanda:  What!? Is that why…

Devan:  Yeah.

Amanda:  I didn’t even think about that. I just thought because it was so hot outside you wanted your hair off your neck.

Devan:  I’ve just been trying to keep it a secret.

Amanda:  I’m the worst friend in the world. How could I not know that

something was going on?

Devan:  I’m sorry. I should have told you. I’ve just been trying to tell everybody slowly.

Amanda:  No, I understand. You’re a very private person and this isn’t

really something that you put in an email blast so I totally understand and if it were me, I’m not sure if I would tell anybody.

Devan:  But you know what, it’s gonna be OK. I actually read this article about Christina Applegate and it’s pretty inspiring because you can beat it. It’s a cancer you can beat.

Amanda:  Well, absolutely. It was talking about your chances for survival are increased if you catch it early. So, have you…

Devan:  Yeah. We caught it early and I’m gonna get through this.

 

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Discussion

Amanda comments that it’s strange that Christina Applegate has breast cancer, an illness more common for women much older than 36. But Devan says that she’s heard of cases of people even younger with breast cancer. Amanda pressures her to be more specific and she starts crying. Still not getting it, Amanda guesses that someone close to Devan has cancer. She feels terrible when she learns the truth.

But Devan is surprisingly optimistic. She says that she caught her cancer early and hopes to beat it. Has anyone you know ever battled cancer? If you were Amanda, what would you say to Devan to help her feel better?

 

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Nadya_Hope

Nadya_Hope

Russian Federation

My granddaddy had cancer I loved him. Unrortunately he couldn’t beat it and died. It’s so difficult to find right words in this case. I’d say don’t give up, go on battle cancer, keep her chin up. and I will be around her all time

07:24 AM Nov 11 2013 |

usamedin

usamedin

Macedonia

there's an expression: hope dies the last. So even that disease is so  danger she has to be hopeful and live the life with that of what it brings over.

12:33 AM Mar 26 2011 |

joody07

Egypt

sorry to say i have one in my family suffers from cancer but unfortunatly she couldnt beat it and died

08:40 PM Mar 18 2011 |

ahmedghieth9

Egypt

dont worry about things befor they happened

06:18 PM Jan 26 2010 |

iman82

iman82

Palestinian Territory, Occupied

iam sorry for u Devan Cry

05:29 PM Feb 10 2009 |

miffoo

miffoo

Slovakia

she must made optimistic feeling only that  beat it like Christina Applegate

09:04 PM Dec 04 2008 |

miffoo

miffoo

Slovakia

interesting lesson

08:51 PM Dec 04 2008 |

bubblecoffee

China

yeah, the patients who has brand cancer is geting younger and younger.

and if you find it early, you can survive it. people should have hope in the life.

03:25 AM Sep 29 2008 |

chloewang

chloewang

China

  Devan ,pls cheer up,don't give up!

12:29 AM Sep 23 2008 |

Aymennn

Aymennn

Tunisia

i'am agree with you too gracelele all what i hope is the best beautiful thing.Cool

03:15 PM Sep 22 2008 |

chloewang

chloewang

China

yeah,i am sure  Devan will restore very soon.

as we know good person can  acquire good future.

09:18 AM Sep 18 2008 |

gresa

gresa

Albania

what I would say: don't worry we gonna pass this situation together , there are a lot of people hom has going throug even more worst things! You need to belive that you will going through this you will need to think just for good chances nor even for a m oment I would not let her think for her death etc

 (anyway is easy to talk when you're not in that situation) 

11:27 AM Sep 17 2008 |

Almalazy

Almalazy

Taiwan

 I think prevention is better than cure. Evey girls need to examine by yourselves at the same time everyday.

07:24 AM Sep 17 2008 |

lisaluo

lisaluo

China

Yeah, everthing would be fine`

Try to be as happy as it is.

07:01 AM Sep 17 2008 |

Loai M

Loai M

Saudi Arabia

Don't give up don't let this disease beat you , you are stronger than that . be patience and have a little faith and you will get through this

01:28 AM Sep 16 2008 |

mimico

mimico

Taiwan

Several people around me whoever I known were diagnosed with cancer.Some of them were married,others were single.If we have hopeful mind and enough insurance, the cancer won't be  the most horriable thing.May everyone in the world be happy and healthy.

03:04 PM Sep 15 2008 |

Kadin Luo

Kadin Luo

China

Keep a good mood is very important, I think.

08:20 AM Sep 15 2008 |

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Lover for Ever

Saudi Arabia

I hope she could beat this disease soon…

11:16 PM Sep 14 2008 |

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makalo

China

I like this website!

02:02 PM Sep 14 2008 |

Reginald

Sierra Leone

hello friend,
how are you doing,please i will like you to send me camara to snap or you can send me the money.

10:30 AM Sep 14 2008 |

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