I'm Not The Perfect Cancer Survivor. But I've Learned To Live With That

by Adam Bessie, Marc Parenteau, and Gayle Sulik, Narratively, February 16, 2017.

Years after successfully surviving a malignant brain tumor, I still feel guilty for not being the hyper-athletic, diet-conscious superhero we’re told every survivor should be.

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Adam Bessie is a San Francisco Bay Area based writer, whose comics on living with cancer have been featured in The Boston Globe, The Pacific Standard, Fusion, and more. See an extra, unpublished scene from this comic and the rest of this series (along with comics on a variety of other subjects) at his website.

Marc Parenteau is a California-based cartoonist currently living in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. His work has appeared in The Atlantic and Fusion.

Gayle Sulik is a Medical Sociologist and science writer specializing in the fields of oncology and women’s health. She is author of the acclaimed Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women’s Health (Oxford) among other writings. Connect with her on LinkedIn here.

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