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Mom’s Cancer, Brian Fies, 2006

Courtesy Brian Fies; Mom’s Cancer by Brian Fies. Copyright (c) 2006 Brian Fies. Used with the permission of Express Permissions on behalf of Abrams Comic Arts, an imprint of Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York. All rights reserved.

When journalist Brian Fies’ mother was diagnosed with lung cancer that had metastasized into a brain tumor, he processed his experiences through writing and drawing. Originally created as a serialized internet comic, Fries’ had is work published as a graphic novel, Mom’s Cancer. He uses honesty and humor to illustrate how illnesses change both patients and families. The book chronicles how Fies’ mother optimistically chooses to fight the cancer, as well as how he and his two sisters cope with their mother’s diagnosis and treatment. Mom’s Cancer captures the complex relationships that exist between doctors, patients, and families.

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