I actually sketched this over the summer, and because of the last few months, I couldn't hold this cartoon back any longer.
No matter what doctors or caregivers tell you, a cancer diagnosis is not a temporary "blip" on your radar. Even after remission, the cancer journey doesn't end. Being diagnosed with cancer is a life changer...for the rest of your life.
Many of us find refuge in cancer support groups, and social media, Facebook in specific, is a great place for it. Being a part of these groups keeps my perspective fresh. While I'm currently "cancer free" our groups welcome newly diagnosed individuals every day.
Being a part of these groups always helps me learn both my potential and the fragility of my life. This cartoon really isn't exaggerating. It's a wonderfully exhausting journey.
These last couple of months, the colorectal cancer groups I belong to have incurred more losses than normal. We have had to say goodbye to beloved friends that were just running marathons over the summer. And while we mourn, we honor our fellow survivors lives by living ours more fully.
Nathan Drew Allen, this cartoon is for you. I write this with tears. You have inspired me in how I live today, and damn, what I would give to see one more photograph of you finishing another race.
I'm getting off the computer now. My family's waiting.