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Chasing Life- What To Expect When Your Expecting Chemo (1×09)



The cancer is out of the bag. On her last day before chemo, April decided to own her cancer by turning a piece on Leo Hendrie’s stroke into a piece about her own battle with cancer. It was perfect, freeing and a little dangerous, but totally worth it if it affects Leo’s decision on removing his brain tumor at all. 

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Instead of living it up on her last day before chemo, April froze her eggs and attended a Hendrie debate. Most of her energy came from the fact that she knew she was going to see Leo, who had been avoiding her and screening her calls ever since they hooked up. In an interview before the debate, Leo suffered a stroke and began speaking gibberish. The media had a frenzy with this, but April was worried Leo was dying and Beth, who heard the ambulance sirens, was scared they were coming for her best friend, who was weak from the morning anesthesia.  April’s cancer has really taken a toll on the always giddy Beth. She puts up a tough front in front of April, but secretly went to cry in the bathroom, while venting to a girl in there about how her friend is starting chemo tomorrow and every time she sees her name on the caller id she wonders if something is wrong. That girl was actually Raquel, April’s boss, who seemed very uncomfortable by the situation and didn’t have much sympathy for Beth. That is until she saw Beth and April together and pieced the puzzle. 

When April walked into work the next day, things were a little off. Everyone was giving her their food and letting her cut in line for the copier. It wasn’t until someone held up a “live strong” bracelet that April realized everyone knew! She went to see Raquel and finally uttered the words, “I have cancer” but her boss didn’t seem phased. It was actually a bonding moment for Raquel and April in the end. Raquel admitted that if she was sick she wouldn’t want anyone to treat her differently and April respected that. I think Raquel also realized that despite going through so much, April never once let her down on a story and stayed dedicated the whole time. It was nice to see their “relationship” take a new direction.

 At that moment, she realized that her story about Mr. Hendrie walking out of the debate to be with his terminally ill son wasn’t going to be just that. It was going to be an exploration of what it’s like to live with cancer, be diagnosed and to fight. Personally, I think her powerful piece will be read by Leo and he’ll be convinced to get the brain tumor removed, even if there is a chance he might go into acoma. Visiting him in the hospital after his stroke didn’t to the trick.  He didn’t want to hear it and he didn’t want to be around someone who was going to try to tell him how to live his last days just because they slept together. Despite being a great dude, Leo is stubborn and he has this whole plan was to die with dignity and saneness of mind, which he doesn’t want to change.  April tells him she’s about to go fight for her life and if he isn’t going to do the same thing than she has to say goodbye. The two of them “breakup” and as April walks out in tears and a part of Leo yearns for her to come back, although he’ll never admit it. April’s decision was tragic, but something that had to be done if there’s any hope at saving Leo. 


Enough with the sadness though. April has a party to attend– her goodbye party filled with friends and family. Beth had designed some personalized pajamas for the hospital so April was the hottest girl in the ward. Brenna, Greer and co. were making paper flowers for April to take to her room, since real flowers weren’t allowed. And so April didn’t stress anymore, Brenna packed her hospital suitcase. Feeling bad that she was basically the reason why everyone at work knew about her cancer, Beth surprised her by putting on a rubber bald head to show April that she will still be beautiful when she starts loosing her hair. Grandma, on the other hand, took a different approach and baked her a whole tub of pot brownies. Grandma for the win! This was the best sendoff anyone could have before going to chemo. But then it was time. Time to set the alarm and go to sleep, knowing that the next day she was going to leave her house for a month of torture and be emotionally drained. 

Brenna was going through a lot this week, from her sister starting chemotherapy to dating both, Greer and Kieran, to her mom walking in on her making out with Greer. Ah, to be young and in love. Her relationship with Greer became really public this week. First, she told Kieran she had feelings for Greer and if he would be ok with her seeing both. He said that would be fine, but when he came to April’s going away party, he quickly realized he wasn’t ok with it. Meanwhile, Ford tried doing old bff things with Brenna, but walked into a family dinner in which she realized her best friend was dating Greer and felt totally replaced. At April’s going away, Ford and Kieran ended up hooking up in Brenna’s room, which wasn’t the best sight to see upon walking in. Obviously Brenna got mad that her best friend and her boyfriend were hooking up. Ford walked out explaining she felt replaced, while Kieran admitted he wasn’t cool with this and Brenna had to pick. Greer walked in right that minute and also told Brenna that she really liked her but couldn’t do this if it wasn’t official. She had to pick. Surprisingly, she picked Greer! Even though Brenna made it seem like she was struggling with choosing between the two, her choice came really easy to her. She broke Kieran’s heart, but I’m sure he’ll find comfort in Ford. I don’t think that’s the last we’ve seen of this triangle. 


And speaking of triangles… with Leo “out of the picture”, April continued to think about Dominic. Not telling him about the cancer before he left on a trip of a lifetime was her trying not to be selfish. She knew that he would ultimately read her Hendrie cancer article and she needed to warn him before he did. She left him a voicemail explaining that everything she wrote in her piece were things she wanted to tell him, it was just never the right moment. During the last scene this week, we see Dominic reading the article and he looks like his mind has been completely blown. Is he angry? Probably. He was in a relationship with April yet she never told him about the biggest event in her life. She let him go halfway across the world without letting him know. And now he reads about it in the newspaper. I would be mad. You know this will be the thing to bring Dominic back, but will they be able to save their relationship? Will he find out about Leo? Realize April has feelings for him to? Will Dominic not be able to deal with all the pressure that comes with dating someone with cancer?

April’s cancer has brought a lot of people closer, especially George and Sara. From last weeks episode, I kind of got the feeling that these two dated way before Sara married George’s brother. They had a falling out after his death, but now with her daughter sick and George being the man who detected it, they’ve come a long way. So far as to share a kiss after April’s going away party! Ah! Granted Sara was just saying she missed those days where she acted impulsively and in the moment, and that’s exactly what George did. I think Sara was taken aback, but also realized she definitely has feelings for him. Plus, she needs someone to lean on in this time of crisis, so why not. Although I’m not thrilled that the writers just dropped the ball on her previous internet-dating love story. What do you think? Do George and Sara make a good couple? Would their kids approve? (Cause they have anything to say. Brenna is dating Greer and April has two guys she’s stringing along. The love department is hard!)

I cannot believe next week is almost the season finale! I’m too sad to watch this show go and I’m praying to god that they get renewed for a season 2. Otherwise, I’m going to be a really pist off viewer! 

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Chasing Life Canceled After 2 Seasons!



April Carver just received the worst prognosis of all- Chasing Life has been cancelled by ABC Family after just two seasons.

I, like so many Chasers am seriously upset by this news. What is ABC Family thinking? Why cancel a show that was so unapologetically real and has given viewers an insight into the ups and downs of what it’s like for a young person living with cancer, but shows like Keeping Up With The Kardashians get renewed for 11 seasons? What kind of society do we live in?

I’ve read statements and comments that some just thought the show was too depressing but hey, that’s life. Not everything is about what kind of handbag you’re wearing. And most of the time, despite all the crap that was thrown at April, every episode left me with a positive feeling. No moment during the two seasons have been this upsetting- not even Leo’s untimely death. Chasing Life depicted cancer in a way no other drama has before. That has to count for something, right?

Anyways, the drama ended with only 486,000 viewers tuning it, which was a season low.

The showrunner, Patrick Sean Smith told THR  that there was still a lot to explore in season 3 like “April’s emotional state and her big decision to end treatment, there’s a lot to explore with Uncle George and the manuscript and the investigation that’s now in play, and then a lot to explore with Brenna and Finn now that Greer is moving back to town, and also what happens with Beth. I mean, everyone’s life is up in the air right now by the end of the second season.”

But, I guess we’re just supposed to be content knowing that April was content with dying in Italy because she lived more life than any other 25-year-old. Maybe she spent the rest of her days with Dominic? Maybe when she died, Beth had her baby and named it April. Who knows… we definitely won’t.

THR reports that the decision to cancel the show comes with ABC Family’s focus to rebrand and its focus on becoming “becomers.” They are adding a Nicki Minaj comedy and a new show, ShadowHunters.

There are a couple of petitions to “renew Chasing Life” circulating online already. Who knows if that will do anything, but we can hope.

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Chasing Life- La Dolce Vita (2×13)



Just when you think things are looking up for April, she gets hit with bombshell after bombshell until she finally surrenders. But this can’t be April’s “final chapter” can it? A lot of loose plot lines were tied up at the end of the hour, but of course, those raised new question… and brought a tear or two to the corner of my eye. Damn allergies.

Beth’s Baby- Beth spent most of her time freaking out about the pregnancy. She’s about 6 weeks in now, so thankfully, we can do the math and figure out Josh is the father! That doesn’t put her mind at ease however because now she actually has to tell him. She finally corners him in the bathroom after watering the fikus with about 5 beers. He’s definitely surprised, but tells her he will be by her side no matter what she decides. Gosh, he’s such a standup guy right? Beth eventually goes to Italy with April and makes her decision there- she’s going to keep the baby. It’s a nice juxtaposition; her best friend is dying but she’s bringing a new life into this world. Possibly a beautiful baby girl named April?

Dominic & April- Well, apparently these two are endgame but just because two people want something, doesn’t mean the timing is right. April is still not over Leo and that’s ok. She has every right to mourn her late husband. But she also has every right to move on. I’ll admit, the kiss didn’t do it for me and maybe because I felt April was doing it all out of fear of missing out. However, I’m perfectly content with them as just friends who love each other right now. We need Dominic to help April with whatever comes next.

Uncle George- He kind of put himself in a predicament by telling the Carver women the truth about their dad. He thought he could trust them and most of them he could… but not Olivia and Natalie. They were shopping around Thomas’s book to get “justice.” And if George wouldn’t give them the rights, Olivia threatened to expose him to the cops. Finally, Natalie made the sound choice and put her sisters before this petty family drama. We thought it was all over, until the cops showed up to question him. Did Olivia betray her daughter and screw George over anyways?

April’s cancer- Sad news, her clinical trial didn’t work. The doc tried to keep her positive by saying there were still plenty of options, but the truth is, April is dying. It sucks and it’s depressing, especially when you read an interview that says the original telenovela that CL is based on “Terminales,” has April’s character killed… albeit by bus after beating the cancer. Hopefully, we go a different route, but you have to be realistic- cancer kills people. And it won’t spare April.

April goes to Italy to complete her one last “wish” of traveling the world. That’s when she realizes, by 25, she’s done everything on her bucket list. When she gets the call that the only option left for her is to get the transplant and hope her death isn’t painful, she realizes this is the last chapter in her memoir. I mean, you only write a memoir if you know how it’s going to end, right? Beth begs Ape not to give up but she replies, “It’s not giving up because I’ve already won. I could die happy here.” With that, she looks out into the sunset, while Beth and Dom look at each other concerned. Would they really let April just die without putting up one last fight?

Brenna & Finn… and now Greer- Finn gets super sick because cancer is a bitch and ends up in the hospital. That’s when he breaks up with Brenna and breaks her heart. He has to be focused on getting healthy and she’s kind of doing the opposite. “Maybe it isn’t meant to be,” he wonders, but alas, I think it is. And so does Brenna when she puts two and two together and finds out that she’s Finn’s donor! What are the odds? That kind of puts Greer’s return on the back burner, although Bren was really excited to see her ex, who surprise, is moving back to town! Can’t wait to see that traingle.

Chasing Life hasn’t been renewed for a 3rd season, but I’m seriously hoping this wasn’t actually April’s last chapter. I need to know what happens- the good or the bad. Does George get arrested? Do the Carver’s disown Natalie? Will April fight another day? Will she live out her end in Italy after publishing her memoir? How will Beth’s fashion line go? Will she embrace the pregnancy? Will April & Dominic get together again? Will Brenna and Greer? Will Finn be healthy? Will he find out Brenna is his donor. Listen to me ABC Family- renew this show right now!

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Chasing Life- Ready Or Not (2×12)



Cancer, marriage, babies, high school hook ups- it’s all part of chasing life and it’s quite a beautiful thing. No matter what happens, you can expect this journey of ours never to be boring. I know April can vouch for that.

Since we met April, she’s gone through some drastic transformations. That presented itself this week when she met up with her friend Ellie, who I immediately knew was going to be trouble. Really? Skin cancer scare? Give me a break… I know people are desperate but to stoop THAT low and actually steal someones heart-wrenching diseases. Gross. Of course, instead of getting mad and even, April let nature take its course… well sort of.

April seems to have this stupid luck- when she realizes her book agent, who is really just starting out, hasn’t gotten her a secured deal with BookSmart, she takes matters into her own hands and fakes a seizure to get into a party to meet with the publisher. There she just so happens to run into Raquel, who just so happens to be buddy-buddy with the manager of the whole company. Cha-Ching! When April chats her up, turns out she’s really been invested in Ellie’s book and how she compared “cancer” to “herpes.”

Soon after, April’s chapter of the book leaks to The Post and she’s convinced that Raquel did it to sabotage her. But- she’s wrong! The positive comments on the chapter actually convinced the editor to publish April’s book! Rejoice everyone; April is now a published author! We did it!

And in other April news, she’s finally realizing that she still has feelings for Dominic. I can’t be mad about this though I hoped the writers weren’t going to throw her back into this relationship. Realistically, these two were together and broke up while they still had feelings. Those feelings were never resolved, she just fell deeply in love with Leo. But now that he’s gone, how long can April really mourn? How long can she be single? Be Leo’s widow? Maybe moving on is really the healthiest thing she can do. She isn’t forgetting, but she’s living. She’s chasing life.

Brenna finally succumbed to the cheesiness of milestone moments and asked Finn to go on a date to junior prom. Honestly, how adorable are these two together? After the dance, things get a little awkward when they end up in a room together. Kissing without a mask is dangerous because of Finn’s cancer, but he just wants to feel normal for a night. He wants to feel the high without the lows and who could blame him? So… he goes for it with Brenna. I believe the outcome will be dangerous, but watching them together was magical. Also, we’re getting closer to them finding out that Brenna is actually his donor! Both of them think cilantro tastes like soap. Absurd! Will that bring them closer together?

As for Beth, she’s been sick and emotional… and pregnant! I definitely didn’t see this storyline coming, but I am so excited. There have been little storylines aside from April’s cancer, but none as big as a pregnant best friend. They always say as one life begins, another ends. That’s really true in this case. Unfortunately, as fun as babies are, not knowing who the dad is becomes quite a problem. Especially cause it’s either her ex Grahm who she had a one night stand with or Josh, the dude she’s really falling in love with. I’m secretly hoping it’s Josh’s.

Everyone is chasing life in their own way, even Olivia Ortiz- Natalie’s mom and Thomas’s secret baby momma. Last week, she revealed that she had both parts of her ex’s spy novel and now the agent told April that she was shopping around his father’s book. Does Natalie know? I would think probably not, but her mother is spiteful and she’s definitely going after the money Thomas didn’t leave her, which is really unfortunate for the kids. And also- this is potentially scary for Uncle George, who revealed he pretty much assisted Thomas with his own death. You know, I really liked Natalie and this is pretty upsetting. But can you blame her? She’s the black sheep of the family, was never loved by her dad and her sister stole her BF…. not fun.

Next week is the fall finale. What do you think will be the most explosive part? Are you ready for a Dom and April relationship to heat back up? Will Finn get sick after hooking up with Brenna? Will Greer return?

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