Be honest: at any point did you think that maybe Cancer has a point? Are there upsides to having cancer?
I've lost count of how many times I've heard, "Cancer saved my life" or "Cancer was one of the best things that ever happened to me" or, "I was killing myself long before cancer came along."
And for myself, getting cancer has been remarkably transformational. It gave me a renewed purpose that led to creating Cancer Owl, strengthened my marriage, inspired a new career direction, inspired my wife to return to school, and has completely changed the way I spend a day.
This comic is inspired by the strange paradox that many of us cancer peeps live in, to where cancer is both the worst and the best thing to ever happen. We sincerely wouldn't wish this damned disease on anyone, but can simultaneously talk about how it has given our life new purpose and meaning.
I mean, so many cancer peeps I know are some of the most awesome people I've ever met, and my life is infinitely better for knowing them. They are the kind of badass people you want in your squad...the type of people we make movies about. And they credit their cancer diagnosis as their turning point. So yeah, there's upsides...
But cancer. Sucks. So. Bad.
It still kills folks.
It kills many relationships. Marriages sometimes.
This is why Cancer is drawn the way he is: a nasty little creature who manages to be a little likable from time to time. Ugly and cute at the same time, and an enemy you can occasional have a beer with. While we one day hope to be rid of the bastard completely, he can at least bring out the very best things in us, and help us realize a strength we never had.