I made an account just to post this
I'm very new to xkcd. As it happens, I was introduced by my boyfriend just a few months ago, and have been a fan ever since.
My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in April this year. Her tumour was large and aggressive, but rather well-contained. Hers was the fifth cancer diagnosis in her family. We found out a little over a week after she returned from another aunt's funeral, after she died of an infection and terminal ovarian cancer. On top of everything, I moved three hours away to start college in August, and even though I talk to her almost every day and visit regularly, I haven't been there as for her nearly as much as I wanted to be.
I don't think I need to explain how scary it's been. I remember her watching my graduation from her bed over webcast, because her immune system was too weak to sit with the crowd. I remember coming home from a concert at two in the morning and panicking because mum had a fever. I remember crying quietly through that night in bed with her, because my father was out of town and she wanted someone nearby, and because I didn't want to wake or worry her. I remember her losing her hair, then her eyebrows, then her eyelashes. I remember her sick, and tired, and in pain. I remember her calling me to let me know that she needed a full bilateral mastectomy, and spending the day of her operation fuming at my dad for not texting me every ten minutes through the eight-hour surgery.
Every now and then, I would read one of your comics and cry, because they just hit too close to home. It's crazy how much cancer you see around when you don't want to.
Today, after almost a month since her surgery, my Mum's lymph nodes are clean, and she is going to start radio therapy after the holidays to reduce her risk from 15% to 5%. Her hair is growing back. She's even started reconstruction, and currently has her rock-hard implants to make jokes about and prod her daughters to touch! XD
So, after all that, I just wanted to say how happy this comic made me feel. It's been hard, scary, and sad, but my mum is getting better, and call me crazy, but I've been getting pretty investing in hoping your wife would too. Blame the empathy, I guess?
Thank you for... I don't know how to explain this... being relatable? I can't really phrase it right, but just thank you.
I hope you and your wife have an awesome, nerdy, healthy life together from now on, and remember that you aren't alone and everything will be okay