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Probably Nothing: A Diary of Not-Your-Average Nine Months, Matilda Tristram, 2014

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Matilda Tristram, a British writer and animator, found out she had bowel cancer when she was 17 weeks pregnant with her first child. The graphic memoir Probably Nothing tells the story of her diagnosis, treatment, and pregnancy.

Tristram decided to keep the pregnancy and plan her cancer treatments around the baby’s health. She underwent surgery that left her with a colostomy bag and had 6 months of chemotherapy. The novel reads like a diary, conveying the highs and lows of Tristram’s everyday life during this period.

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