xkcd

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Originally I was going to claim that today’s xkcd was outside the norms for the comic, but to be honest I think about the only norm the comic sticks to is the stick-figure art (and even then, some of the early strips sneak outside that boundary). What it is is an immensely personal and touching comic concerning the author’s experiences with cancer, not as a cancer patient, but as part of the immediate family and friends that suffer as intensely as the stricken loved one. Each panel, starting with the dreadful news and then showing glimpses of two years of life of fighting cancer… and avoiding the paths of remission over two years… speak volumes. And while a biopsy-versary may not be as romantic as an anniversary, in many ways it’s far more triumphant and special a moment. Thank you, Randall Munroe, for sharing these moments with us.