12/1/22

Cancer Education & Kindness

Pink Ribbon
Sculpture I mention
in the story

It's so important to share imformation if there is a family history of cancer. With my wife, I witnessed how not sharing cancer risk knowledge can lead to needless suffering and heartache. 

Sometimes just sharing information about cancer can be a major gift of kindness. Please read my most recent article at Cure Today:

https://www.curetoday.com/view/cancer-education-and-kindness

This particular article was inspired by children's book author Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Thought Bubble video about kindness. Since it wasn't linked in the article, click on the image below to view it:


Thanks to the Amy Krouse Rosenthal Foundation for giving my article a shout-out on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=517614293747786&set=a.343272274515323

11/1/22

A Monster and Cancer's Evil

I recently did another drawing activity for CUREtoday.com, this one on how to draw a fun little monster for Halloween. In the article accompanying it I tried to explain that I was just “trying to give those dealing with cancer a little creative break. I know all too well there is nothing fun and lighthearted about cancer. It is truly evil you-know-what.”

One example of cancer’s evil nature: In a study by Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that cancer has to deactivate would-be immune cell attackers. To do this, cancer cells can send out microscopic tentacles that can reach inside an immune cell and take out its “power” -- the cell's mitochondria. Cancer can then metastasize once the immune cell is depleted of its energy.

And then there is cancer's
sinister ability to get past the blood-brain barrier when a lot of other things can't, including many chemotherapy drugs. Pretty evil shit if you ask me.

To be very honest, I really wanted to draw something really evil looking then write something where I unloaded every expletive in the book on cancer, cancer-causing genetic mutations, and my wife’s relatives who didn’t care enough to share what would have been life-saving gene sequencing information. The hell with my professional mild-mannered children’s book illustrator reputation.

But I knew the readers at CURE Today didn’t want to hear me rant – again. (I’ve already have done that enough in my other blog posts there.) So, here’s the video I created:

10/26/22

Los Colores de Amor y Dolor -- The Spanish Version of "The Colors of Love and Loss" for Día de Los Muertos

Los Colores de Amor y Dolor

Con el día de Los Muertos acercándose, pensé que era una buena oportunidad para compartir información sobre la versión en español de un libro para niños sobre el duelo en el que colaboré con la Dra. Joanne Cacciatore, titulado Los Colores de Amor y Dolor. Si bien no se trata de la tradición mexicana, habla de la pérdida, el amor y compartir el dolor.

Este es un recurso gratuito disponible para todas las familias en duelo. Para obtener más información sobre el libro, visite el sitio web de la Fundación Miss del Dr. Cacciatore: https://www.missfoundation.org/product/los-colores-de-amor-y-dolor/

 Translation:

With día de Los Muertos coming up I thought it was a good opportunity to share info about the Spanish version of a children's book about grief I collaborated with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore on, titled Los Colores de Amor y Dolor. While not about the Mexican tradition, it talks about loss, love and sharing grief. 

This is a free resource available to all grieving families. To learn more about the book go to Dr. Cacciatore’s Miss Foundation website: https://www.missfoundation.org/product/los-colores-de-amor-y-dolor/

El día de Los Muertos is celebrated on November 1st and November 2nd, in which the spirits of the dead are believed to return home and spend time with their relatives on these two days."

You can learn more about día de Los Muertos at MexicanMuseum.org

10/24/22

Some Thoughts on "Pinktober"

Thumbnail of Breast Cancer Awareness Month cartoon
Are you aware October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Probably. It's hard to miss all the "pinkness." Well, here's a link to my brutely honest rant blog post and cartoon about one aspect of it at CURE Today from a cancer-caregiver-now-cancer-widower's point of view

Thoughts on Breast Cancer Awareness Month: the Disease Is No ‘Stroll Through the Park’

#breastcancerawrenessmonth#breastcancer#pinktober

10/21/22

A Question that Should be Asked of Every Politician

I actually created this several years back but never posted it because other priorities in my life pushed it to the bottom of my art pile. I recently came across it while looking for another art file and thought it was a good time to share it since there’s an election coming up.

A Question that Should be Asked of Every Politician Cartoon
#politicians#politicalcartoon#pressconferencecartoon

10/13/22

Sharing My Time and Talent to Help the Cancer Community

This is the first in an ongoing series on drawing lesson videos at CUREToday.com.

As I have often pointed out here on this blog and other places, I hate cancer. With all my heart. I wish I could find a cure, but I’m just an artist. Instead, I’m trying to use my time and talent to hopefully give anyone dealing with the awfulness of cancer a little creative reprieve. Be that the cancer patient, caregiver or worried family members.

How to Use Drawing as a ‘Creative Break’ From Cancer.

How to Use Drawing as a ‘Creative Break’ From Cancer.

#curetoday
#cancer
#drawinglesson
#caregiver