On November 4th, 2014, I was diagnosed with stage 2 colorectal cancer, and after a year of treatments and 2 surgeries (gaining an ostomy bag and losing it), I am currently cancer free! I made this comic called Cancer Owl, where I drew myself as an owl with cancer, as a way to cope. And it ended up reaching thousands across the world. Since doing the comic, I’ve been featured in sites like Huffington Post, Bored Panda, The Mighty, and have been viral several times on Reddit and Imgur. I’ve been on the Stupid Cancer Podcast, Sirius’s Dr. Radio program, and have been invited to give presentations at The University of Virginia and Stanford. The comic is featured in hospitals, conferences and even college classrooms….not to mention translated in several languages. I’ve also been awarded a Scopy Award from The American College of Gastroenterology and was featured as a Survivor in The Colon Club’s 2018 On The Rise Magazine.
While the comic continued to grow and catch acclaim, I made the tough decision in 2018 to stop making comics about my experience with cancer (as well as featuring other cancer stories) because I needed to focus my energy on becoming a licensed therapist (which I am now!), and enhancing time with my wife and daughter. And also because, well, there’s only so much I could say about my year and a half of treatment. It was time to focus on my life as a survivor and what happens next.
So what now? Great question! The answer is that I kinda know and I kinda don’t. I know that all my comics are available here on this site. I know I’ve made a Cancer Owl book but trying to figure out how to release it in the best way possible. I know that being a survivor, an artist with professional skills, and the story of a cancer survivor is a great recipe for something really special. But I’m still figuring out what kind of result the recipe makes.
But I also know that I have something valuable to offer: I’m a cancer survivor, artist, and therapist who’s learned a thing or two about living a fantastic life. Consider this website, and my corresponding social media sites, as a kind of journey of figuring out how best to give the kind of knowledge and experience that I have now.
If you want to get in contact with me, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.