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~Download Kindle ☲ Mom's Cancer ♽ Mom's Cancer is a graphic novel about one family's struggle with metastatic lung cancer Honest, unflinching, and sometimes humorous, it is a look at the practical and emotional effect that serious illness can have on patients and their families In the end, it is a story of hopeuniquely told in words and illustrations I expected this one to hit close to home, but it left me surprisingly cold The storytelling felt strangely detached, misguided in places, not fully realized Has its moments, but could have been so much . It was Susan Sontag who wrote: “Illness is the night side of life, aonerous citizenship Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick Although we all prefer to use the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.” This little graphic memoir is the story of a family visiting and living in the kingdom of the sick The author's mother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, and he created and posted these web comics anonymously about the experience His work has been collected in this book, and won an Eisner.The art is simple and stark, but there are panels that made me hold my breath I loved the honesty in the telling of this story the good, the bad and the ugly A quick read, but one that will stay with me. This is a short graphic novel that tells the story of a mother with cancer written from her son’s point of view Some parts of this talked about family history, history which I felt was irrelevant to the story. This started as a web comic of the story of the author's mother cancer After 45 years of smoking, Mom developed lung cancer which moved into her brain and formed a tumor The story starts with her initial diagnosis, and follows the author his two sisters through the chemo, radiation, hope and anxiety of the ugly face of cancer The drawing style is clear and accessible The story is wellpaced and doesn't get bogged in overly sentimental meandering The grief and pain are so obvious that the author doesn't need to dramatize it, and for that I was grateful And still, I wept while I read it One of the fuckedup things about cancer is the balancing of hope, optimism bravado on one side, and the hopelessness, helplessness and terror on the other In one scene, the author draws his mother as a tightrope walker On one side of her balancing pole, there is a vulture The other side of the pole has an elephant The tightrope stretches over a pool filled with crocodiles And then she realizes the rope is on fire I mean, basically Yeah Fuck Cancer Thank you, Brian Fies, for drawing that There is another moment when Mom breaks down (the 5% scene) that wrung my heart It really drove home how fragile her strength was, and how much of your ability to fight exists in your belief that you can/should She says, If I'd known it was that bad, I never would have put myself through this My heart audibly shattered into one million pieces Another fuckedup thing about cancer is blame Who to blame, how much to blame them, how much blame we assign to ourselves and the resultant guilt, regret and anger Cancer is a horrible, mysterious thing It's scary and shapeless and seems omnipotent Blame is one of the coping mechanisms Without going muchinto the subject, I appreciated Fies treatment of this subject I have to wonder if this is the kind of book you can give to someone who needs to read it Some books aren't like that and people have to find them on their own, but I would really like to give this to my brother As much as I struggle with all of the cancer in my family, I would hope my brother I would be closer But we barely discuss cancer In fact, we barely talk at all I guess I'm projecting my ideal world through this book Mom's Cancer illustrates strong connections between three siblings dealing the up's and down's, including the good and bad parts of those relationships under extreme duress I haven't made up my mind whether to send him a copy or not. Review to soon follow. This last year and a half of my life is as it reads in this book This is a must read for cancer patients, for caregivers, and for doctors While cancer treatments differ, there are many similarities in the roller coaster ride that are the treatments, scans, emotions This was so relatable, even down to patient advocating A must read Woody swear scale you are safe There wasn't a single one. How do you cope with cancer when someone you love is dying of it? Heartfelt and inspiring. Warning: this one is a tearjerker (the book, not my review) Fies recounts his mother’s battle with metastatic lung cancer and the family dynamics that took place during this time Having gone through a (fortunately lesser) version of this myself this past year, it was both difficult and comforting to read Ever since losing my father, I’ve felt individuals who go through certain traumatic experiences are all somehow linked to others who have gone through similar experiences Relationships are established and a kinship is formed where none other would have been A macabre dead/cancer parents club that outsiders can only sympathize with, but never truly understand Fies understands, andimportantly, lets you know you aren’t alone in your own understanding. This PW article alerted me to the genre graphic medicine and mentioned this book as one of the first (and it was the first webcomic to win an Eisner award, too): it was a rough read I think anyone going through the journey, whether as family or patient, will feel less alone.See also: