10 April 2012

Oh no, not the C word!!

In the comic, Our Cancer Year, discusses a real traumatic event in the lives of Harvey and Joyce. They tell the story about how they were faced with the possibility of Harvey having cancer. Fortunately for Harvey it was only a scare. However they were fearful of that fact that when Harvey went into the hospital for a removal of a hernia and the doctor found a tumor. It was a lymphoma, and that scared Joyce terribly. The doctor was very naïve in telling Joyce about the tumor and how Harvey was going to need a CAT scan. Not knowing what a CAT scan was, or not receiving any other information from the doctor about it, Joyce assumed the worse immediately, cancer. Joyce was terrified of the possibility that her husband had cancer and that she was going to lose him. Luckily Joyce had a friend who told her about using the toll free number to get information on cancer. During her call with the cancer hotline Joyce receive clarification about a CAT scan. She also requested information about cancer, to read and gain a better understanding of what they could possibly be facing. When Harvey went in for his CAT scan and results he found out that it had been contained and there were no signs of cancer.

Cancer is a serious disease that is difficult to cope with. It took Harvey by surprise just as it did Joyce. Harvey being a good man decided that it was necessary to fill out a will and make sure Joyce would be alright. Even though it may have seemed to be premature actions that were taken, when a situation of this nature occurs in your family you have to think ahead.

Cancer has occurred in my family. My mother was twice diagnosed with breast cancer. When you hear that someone close to you has cancer you react in certain ways. When we found out both times that my mother had breast cancer it was very difficult for my father, siblings and myself to deal with. Just like Joyce we assumed the worst case scenario when the doctor informed us that the she had breast cancer. My mother was first diagnosed in 1998 on her left breast, then a few years later in 2004 on her right breast. I am thankful to God to still have my mother and pray each day that the cancer never comes back!
I really enjoy this comic, Our Cancer Year, especially because I could relate to Joyce and how she felt.

1 comment:

  1. You've hit on the key reason autobiographical comics are so popular--people relate to them :-)

    But how does this comic relate to another text we've read?