1141: "Two Years"

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby archaeologist » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:18 pm UTC

UrbanAchiever wrote:I've lurked this board for several years now but finally, just today, made an account so I could express how beautiful I found this comic. I'm actually a bit teared up now.

Wonderful!


Me too. Thank you for sharing your real-life love story.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby pccmdoc » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:34 pm UTC

Add me to the list of many who registered to the forum just to say 'Congratulations.'

This is a great anniversary of an awful day, and I'm glad you took the time to share it with all of your fans (and even your detractors). Congrats to both of you.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby hugues » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:35 pm UTC

Fantastic drawing,

Wishing you the very best.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby MaBo » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:18 pm UTC

Guess you got a lot of new accounts today... I was really impressed by this one and want to say:

Congratulations and alles Gute from Germany!

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby chuckf410 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:19 pm UTC

This makes me happy because it reminds me that some people can win these battles.

It was hard to read because I lost a friend to cancer this week.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby TimXCampbell » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:32 pm UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:I initially misread that name as Samuel Jackson ...

You, sir, have just made an awesome quote awesomer. (Hey, my spell-check says that “aweseomer” isn't a word!)

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby 314159 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:11 pm UTC

These comics always affect me deeply. Me and my wife are a similar age, and my wife got diagnosed with stage 3 cancer nearly a year ago. One of the things that sucks is that you can never just say 'right, that's that done with', and move on. You're always on the lookout.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Geekworthy » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:15 pm UTC

Thank you, Randall.

Like others in the thread, today's comic has hit close to home. My wife just past the 6 month mark and we are now moving on to radiation and genetic counseling. Your story has dredged up an interesting dichotomy of feelings. Again, thank you for sharing.

A question for you group, does anyone have a good, layman's level, resource of information on genetic conditions pertaining to cancer? I am drinking from the fire hose.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby animelouver242 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:32 pm UTC

This was wayy too cute!! CONGRATULATIONS GUYS!! <3 I wish you many more years to come :)

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby bmonk » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:39 pm UTC

Great comic. To have the humor, which was obviously not conquered by the stress of cancer, but also the sweetness, the stress and struggles, the melancholy, all there--wonderful!
Having become a Wizard on n.p. 2183, the Yellow Piggy retroactively appointed his honorable self a Temporal Wizardly Piggy on n.p.1488, not to be effective until n.p. 2183, thereby avoiding a partial temporal paradox. Since he couldn't afford two philosophical PhDs to rule on the title.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Moose Anus » Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:04 am UTC

I've got to say, this comic has produced one of the best goatkcd comics ever.

http://goatkcd.com/1141/sfw
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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby TimXCampbell » Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:26 am UTC

Moose Anus wrote:I've got to say, this comic has produced one of the best goatkcd comics ever.

The humor of your anus-oriented site escapes me. Much like a fart, I suppose.

By the way, I consider it rather imaginative to mark it “Safe For Work.”

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby pokeymeg » Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:44 am UTC

LOVED this! Thank you for publishing this :) My boyfriend and I went through the exact same thing 2 1/2 years ago with his cancer, and I still can't believe it's been 2 1/2 years...

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Davidy » Sat Dec 01, 2012 1:22 am UTC

Congratulations. Ain't life wonderful?

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby jeremiahblatz » Sat Dec 01, 2012 2:41 am UTC

What is this? Where is the funnys? Why am I crying?

Congratulations!

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby 30>Length(Name)>3 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 3:17 am UTC

It _does_ say, right at the top, that it's a webcomic about romance inter alia.
Yaaaay, and many more happy biopsy-versaries.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby deviadea » Sat Dec 01, 2012 3:32 am UTC

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

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby alexh123456789 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:11 am UTC

Congratulations, that's great to hear.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby XyKam » Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:56 am UTC

Thank you for all the good memories Randall.

Hope you have many more years to go.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby anjelabug » Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:59 am UTC

Like so many others, made an account just to comment that this made me tear up. Congrats, guys!

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby lol_ruint » Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:28 am UTC

Reg'd just to comment on this comic.
It's sad and terrible and exhilaratingly hopeful and romantic all in the same heartbeat; can't imagine what the past two years have been like for you.

I'm chuffed for you both;
Happy (belated) Biopsy-Versary from England!

- Ruin

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby edmooring » Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:37 am UTC

I'm smiling and crying. My wife's and my 2 years ended 6 months ago today, but before that we had 35 years of panels 7 and 8.

May these 2 years be but a bump in the road, albeit a big and life-changing bump.

On another note, this comic captures an important part of the experience of cancer for women: hair. There's the chemotherapy-caused baldness, and the traumatic moment when she goes to the salon to get all her hair cut off because it's all falling out anyway, and then there's the awesomeness of post-chemotherapy hair.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby charlieseelig » Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:50 am UTC

Best wishes on many more many more biopsy-versaries.

Charlie

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Wtcher » Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:16 pm UTC

I registered just to say yay. :)

Yay!

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Cyrus McDugan » Sat Dec 01, 2012 1:11 pm UTC

It's good to hear, that you both are well. I keep my fingers crossed.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Bratmon » Sat Dec 01, 2012 2:18 pm UTC

Most of what I would say has already been said.

But on a lighter note, is that bottom-left panel a reference to this?

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby joe.landman » Sat Dec 01, 2012 2:24 pm UTC

I have to say a huge thank you for this comic. Yesterday, when I showed my wife of 21 years, was the first anniversary of our visit to the oncologist to discuss what to do. In 4 weeks, the very day we will be enjoying a concert, will be the 1 year anniversary of her surgery. I wrote about our retrospective and a "hey, wow, this is how far we are along the journey" at scalability dot org entitled "I can’t believe its been one year since I wrote this" . Its the little victories that matter. Being around to do science, to bring a dog into our family, to go on vacation ...

Thank you again for this comic. My wife and I really enjoyed it. And in a year when we hit the 2 year post surgery mark, we'll pull it up and look again.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby truthspirit » Sat Dec 01, 2012 2:57 pm UTC

I just made an account to come here and comment after reading this strip.

Thank you Randall. Your work is a consistent reminder of our humanity, I wish you many years of biopsy-versaries.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby ethan1701 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:42 pm UTC

Made me want to hug you both, real tight.
Great comic!

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby posts_1 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:53 pm UTC

Bittersweet. Wonderful. Made me sad - but with a broad smile...
Hope the two of you enjoy many more biopsyversaries. And enjoy live. And science. :-)

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby JoeS » Sat Dec 01, 2012 7:56 pm UTC

Congratulations!

(I'm not crying; that's just some grit; <sniff>, and a cold; <blub>)

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby czechows » Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:42 pm UTC

That's one great comic. All the best to you two and many more years to go!

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Sukhyrahl » Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:43 am UTC

I cried manly tears over this comic and created an account just to post about it. Thanks, Randall.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby PolarBearSocks » Sun Dec 02, 2012 4:16 am UTC

Happy Biopsy-versary !!! And congratulations to you both. May you have many many more.

(Another new account)

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby jchysk » Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:19 am UTC

Happy Biopsy-versary!

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby denke42 » Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:25 am UTC

Touching. Like so many others, I created an account just to say Happy Biopsy-versary and best wishes for many more. It's been longer than two years for my wife and me, but we each felt that it was harder for the one who loves the person with the cancer than for the one who had (has) it.

While I'm posting, thanks from a science-loving liberal-arts major for all the previous xkcd comics. (Admittedly, I must have recourse to the fora for explanations of most coding humor.)

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Schmidtstorm » Sun Dec 02, 2012 11:28 am UTC

Chalk me up as another person who made an account here specifically for this comic.

There's a girl who I've been in a sort-of relationship with (looong story) for the past 3 months, and about a month and a half ago she was diagnosed. She was really depressed for the first few weeks, but is feeling a lot more optimistic now. I don't know if she reads these comics, but if she hasn't seen this yet, she'll love it.

Happy Biopsy-versary Randall!

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Reinier » Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:16 pm UTC

Every time one of these comics come along I'm stunned with the parallels in my own life. In nov/dec 2010 my wife was diagnosed with cancer in her intestines, so I can relate... Every comic ["Emotion", and even moreso "Lanes"] has been very close to my own experiences in dealing with a partner with this condition. This time the frame with the whale was most striking to me, since we decided to go to Australia this summer as a 'carpe diem' kind of trip, and we saw our first humback whales breaking and tail flapping.

If you read this Randall, I wish you and your better half all the best and I hope that normalcy finds it's way back to your house.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby gofry321 » Sun Dec 02, 2012 4:06 pm UTC

I was listening to Turning Tables from Adele when I read it. Now I'm gonna cry ...

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby MrBen » Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:18 pm UTC

Like so many others in here I have been following xkcd for a long time now and am obviously enjoying your work but never really bothered to register.

This comic had me in tears (which is nothing common, trust me). Currently cancer is running in my and my spouses family (good endings so far, but there never really is an end in your head) . I found this comic to be very moving - so thank you a lot for this and I whish you both many, many more biopsyversaries. Congratulations!


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