One thing I've been told a lot by people who haven't had an experience with cancer is that there is a real (and understandable) fear of saying something offensive to someone who is. I have no shortage of comics showing how calloused and careless non-cancer folks can be...but not so many of folks who really meant no harm and just had a 'blooper'. Cancer is such a sensitive topic for people, and bloopers are inevitable.
That said, in Evan's real story, he gave no indication that the nurse had a moment of clarity or apologized. But I ended the comic the way I did because I like to think that the nurse had that moment of clarity and realized she just put her foot in her mouth. And because Evan understands that the nurse really was talking about the zodiac sign, I thought I'd cut the lady a little bit of a break in this comic. Just a little though.
But here's Evan's original submission, along with a lovely photo of Evan, his wife and their beautiful baby boy (AKA: the cancer baby):
I found out I had colon cancer in April of this year when my wife was, conveniently, 7 months pregnant. Fast forward to a meeting with the oncologist in May and this happened:
Oncology Nurse: Have a seat and I'll take your vitals. My, you're a bit young to be here.
Me: Tell me about it. (I'm 28)
Oncology Nurse: (To my wife) How far along are you, when is your due date?
Wife: June 30
Oncology Nurse: Oh, a CANCER BABY!
Wife: ....... Yeah......