Did you happen to see the new show, Red Band Society, which premiered last Wednesday? For lack of anything better to watch I saw bits and pieces of it. It is about a group of young people dealing with terrible illnesses (cancer, failing hearts, eating disorders) on the pediatric floor of a Los Angeles hospital.
I can’t imagine that this show will last more than one season, if that. How long can you keep the same characters as patients? After all, hospitals kick you out just as fast as they can.
Two of the characters, Leo and Jordi, are fighting cancer. Leo has had a leg amputated and Jordi is facing the same operation. As the day of the procedure nears, Jordi is understandably apprehensive. He wonders what it will be like to live without part of his body. He wonders what he will be like.
In probably the best line of the show, Leo tells him “Your body isn't you. Your soul is you and they can never cut into your soul.”
The line hit home in a personal way. I am infertile. That statement is often used as a definition rather than a descriptor. But it is not who I am, it is just a little bit about my body. Nothing more, nothing less. What I do with it, how I react to it, that’s who I am.