A comic book about prostate cancer? Surely not. But in Elizabeth Shefrin's hands it turns out to be a brilliant idea. There's the story of a lived personal relationship here, told with tenderness and humour. And a clear-eyed look at prostate cancer's effects and consequences. Original and bold.
As a society, we benefit from receiving the insights and wisdom of people who have been touched by life-altering illness. Ms Shefrin uses her humour, her skill as a textile artist and her sensitivity as a socially engaged community member to help us reap this benefit.
Elizabeth Shefrin has produced a brave and amusing book about the particular journey of her and her husband's sex life through a radical prostatectomy. Her cleverly stitched cartoons will give many couples a very positive yet comical perspective on sexuality post-surgery.
Elizabeth's work is at once single-panel comics and yet also meditations on the everyday profound experiences of health and illness. The simplicity of the stitched lines reveal the depth of the moments depicted. Her work both echoes the ancient and gestures to the future.
In this engaging and highly entertaining cartoon novelette Elizabeth Shefrin finds humour and sweetness amidst what to many of us could have been only a daunting and difficult health crisis.
It is not often that the diagnosis of cancer is seen from the viewpoint of the partner and its effect on a relationship. Love, suffering, sex, laughter, resignation, fear and hope often get lost in the facts of a cancer diagnosis. All too often cancer has the predilection in older folk of hitting the organs of sexual expression. Rarely are the effects of this acknowledged or brought to the light of day. With humour and love, Shefrin has pulled aside the curtain to acknowledge the suffering, the still to be experienced pleasures, and the way through. Any committed couple experiencing the reality of cancer in their lives will sense a kinship and signposts for their own journey.
Shefrin imbues her thread with magic as she stitches her story with simultaneous depth and simplicity. It is utterly authentic, frightening and hopeful and is filled with self-deprecating humour as well as terrific editorial commentary - from the dog.
The Embroidered Cancer Comic uses humour to shed light on the impact of prostate cancer on a couple's intimate and vulnerable journey from diagnosis to treatment, from a wife's point of view. Although no two couple's journeys are the same when faced with a diagnosis of prostate cancer, Elizabeth's and Bob's journey shares how they used humour to cope with the diagnosis and maintain their intimacy in the face of uncertainty. I recommend this book to nurses, other healthcare professionals and to couples as part of a tool kit to help them explore their needs and strengths. The images and intimate dialogue in this comic may help couples laugh and cry and also share their thoughts and feelings with each other, as well as their healthcare team.
This charming and very funny tale recounts the impact of prostate cancer not just on a patient, but on a couple, with a particular emphasis on physical intimacy and sex - subjects that you'll hardly ever find mentioned in medical commentaries. You'll laugh, and you'll ponder, as you share this unique marriage of craft and compelling content.
This comic will help other patients and their partners recognize what effect prostate cancer and its treatment are having on their relationship, and highlight the need to address these dynamics openly.
What a lovely book - poignant and funny. Elizabeth takes on a real-life crisis that people confront every day. I hope all my patients who struggle with this diagnosis get a chance to laugh (and probably cry) when they read this wonderful comic.
What do you do when your long-time partner and lover suddenly turns into a roommate due to the potential side effects of prostate cancer treatment? If you are Elizabeth Shefrin, you take out a needle and embroidery thread and create a delightful cartoon couple who work out the changes in their relationship through humor and love. A charming and conversation-provoking read, on a far too often neglected topic.