Come to bed with me?'
'Huh? No, I'd rather read this book about cancer...'
As soon as Bob was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer, he and his wife Elizabeth started making cancer jokes to take the edge off of an otherwise frightening situation. A lot of those jokes were about sex. Here, textile artist Elizabeth Shefrin has picked up a needle and thread to share those intimate jokes, revealing how they helped her and her husband to process the realities of cancer treatment.
Giving lightness and humour to a rarely discussed topic, this unpretentious and wry embroidered comic will create awareness and discourse around a taboo topic, resonating with others in similar situations and reassuring us that it's ok to laugh.
Sima Elizabeth Shefrin is a textile artist and illustrator and her work has been shown throughout North America. Her husband, folk singer Bob Bossin, has been through treatment for prostate cancer, and The Embroidered Cancer Comic is based on their experiences. Elizabeth lives in British Columbia, Canada. Visit her website at www.stitchingforsocialchange.ca.