1141: "Two Years"

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Istaro
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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Istaro » Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:24 am UTC

Lukeonia1 wrote:And it took me a second to realize that was a tree, and not a mushroom cloud.


Me too.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Malt » Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:29 am UTC

Awww yeah. Kicking cancer's ass, since 2010.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby fahrbot » Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:35 am UTC

Congratulations to you both. It's often not fully appreciated that every day together is a gift.
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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby lehenk » Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:37 am UTC

Wow, add me to the list of people just creating an account to say that this made me cry (at work, nevertheless), and to wish you guys a good next two years!

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby icebrain » Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:40 am UTC

I hope you feel fantastic and you're still alive!

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby radstar » Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:48 am UTC

I have been following this comic for exactly that long ( of course I had to read all back comics once I got hooked). It is amazing how human stick figures can be. Take care.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby tabularasa » Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:49 am UTC

I'm sure you will win the fight.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby tenkai » Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:00 am UTC

Hit me right in the feels.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby david_h » Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:03 am UTC

Self-indulgent, sickly sweet, and just lovely. Although, yes, the "mushroom cloud" did make me wonder what science Mrs Munroe was doing. Also I like her hat.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Huggyrei » Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:05 am UTC

This was weird to read for me right now; my Auntie has just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, it's not possible to operate and the chance that this is the last christmas with her are extremely high. Pain and warm fuzzy in one, argh.

Thanks for posting - may you have many more biopsy-versaries. I'm holding out for at least two.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Sniped nerd » Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:07 am UTC

:D

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tom dc
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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby tom dc » Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:09 am UTC

Time flies eh?

It's been almost 10 years for me now (Hodgkin's disease). When we got "the call" , my wife was pregnant of our first child.

The next few months were interesting.

Good luck

Tom

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby rigwarl » Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:18 am UTC

Awesome comic. While some variety to go with the math/science jokes is great, more importantly...

I would never go looking for an inspirational story like this, but I needed to see it. Thanks for putting it here.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Al-pocalypse » Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:26 am UTC

This comic made me both happy and sad at the same time:

Happy for Randal and his Mrs. on getting through all of this, massive congratulations to both of you! :D :D

But sad as it made me think of the friends and family that I've lost to cancer and not had the 2 years with :cry:
Ali ;)

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby saengerbeatle » Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:37 am UTC

just wanted to get here for a quick smile, now I got tears in my eyes.
I'm happy for you guys.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby J L » Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:59 am UTC

Thanks for sharing this.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Plasma_Wolf » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:01 am UTC

Great comic,

Congratulations to mr and mrs Munroe, best of luck to everyone fighting cancer.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Chrysophylax » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:03 am UTC

What's Randall holding in the last panel? Is it the lightning-glass necklace from 260?

Many fantastic returns. I hope the cake is not a lie.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby SpookyFM » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:04 am UTC

johndda wrote:
eeeeaagle wrote:Made an account just so I could say Happy Biopsy-versary and I hope you have many more together!

Did the same thing. So happy for you guys. FANTASTIC comic.

And me too. That comic certainly hit home. Amazing that it's already been two years. All the best to you two!

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby krulfoef » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:04 am UTC

I felt bad for showing this to my sister telling her: 'you should laugh at the 5th panel there'

At first she didn't get it, so I slowly said; 'cancer joke'

My thoughts go out to you and your family, and hope you'll never have to make jokes related to this subject again. Unless they're really funny and fictional.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby beck » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:11 am UTC

Another long time reader who made an account just now to say: that is completely great. Thank you.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby vfxGer » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:22 am UTC

I just signed up to this forum to say that was beautiful and I think you melted this old cynic's heart.
I wish you many, many happy biopsy-versaries.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby roarkyporky » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:33 am UTC

You know, a lot of webcomics have tried to be touching.. to get an emotional reaction other than laughs. I don't think any comic has ever touched me like this one did. Because this isn't a melodramatic tale. This comic is incredibly.. "simple." There's nothing excessive about this. I really came close to crying when I got to the end, and I remembered all the previous comics about cancer.. it fucking hit me.

When I say I came close, I don't mean I went "aaww." I mean that the amount of liquid in my eyes just barely didn't spill out. That's my line in the sand.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Tahoe » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:33 am UTC

That is zarggin' awesome, I tells ya!

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby winampman » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:36 am UTC

Congrats to Randall! And thanks for continuing to make all of these silly comics for us even though you were going through tough times. I'm not sure how you did it, but thanks.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Litso » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:41 am UTC

This made me tear up a little bit. My mom was diagnosed with cancer about two and a half years ago, gladly she fully recovered (there is no such thing as officially cured but she's as close to it as possible) and this comic is just spot on. Happy biopsyversary Randall.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Danno81 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:42 am UTC

This was very touching and wonderful. XKCD usually makes me do one of three things; giggle, feel intellectually heightened for a while or almost lose my job (thank you “Click and Drag”!), but today was different and it's not a bad thing.

This one was more poignant personally as one of my friends is currently going through the big “C”. It looks like she’s going to be given the all clear so that’s great, thanks mostly to her ignoring all the “friends/colleagues” (morons) that advised she should seek cures in magical water bangers and various other pond slime (see the amazing Tim Minchin animation for inspiration http://youtu.be/HhGuXCuDb1U)

Thank you modern medicine, and thank you to all those tirelessly working towards genuine ways to ease and cure people. Don’t let the bastards get you down!

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Mel.82 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:44 am UTC

I'm really happy for you :)

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby fixr » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:50 am UTC

I too, just created an account to say this: Randall, I wish you both a loooong lifetime of happiness together. I can only hope I ever find a partner to love her and care about as much as you care about yours. I cried a little too.

Also: can't thank you enough for your comics.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby barnaby@thedesignsocial.com » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:50 am UTC

I've been reading XKCD from the early 100s & never posted before. Even when it was clear that you were going through hard times, I had a good friend dealing with Cancer & I didn't trust myself to post for fear of being a bumbling tear soaked mess. Now you have reached this milestone, I felt the time was right to register & post. The way you have coped, through your thoughts on XKCD has been an encouragement & a much needed umami mix of laughter & sadness. Thanks very much, I wish you many years of happiness. My friend is also in remission.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Andromeda321 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:52 am UTC

Count me in the group of people who got a little teary-eyed looking at this.

So beautiful, and I'm so happy to hear you're doing well.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby brunobignose » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:59 am UTC

Happy Biopsy-versary and I hope Mrs Monroe has many many more.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby Davva » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:00 am UTC

I'm another one who created an ID just to be able to respond to today's comic.

Many, Many, Many Congratulations to Randall and the Wonderful Mrs Munroe, and obviously of course Happy Biopsy-versary.

I stumbled across XKCD by accident about 3yrs or so ago and have avidly followed it every day (well, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday) ever since.
I see XKCD as kind of like M*A*S*H. Some of the episodes/cartoons are just abstract, some are downright funny, some are quite poignant and have a serious undertone. Some resolve to make you happy by the the end of the episode/cartoon, some make you sad, some just make you go "Hmmmmm.....".

Personally I found this to be a sad journey to a happy ending.

Thank you Randall for sharing.
I wish you all the very best for a Long, Happy and Healthy Future together.

Nige.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby squonk » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:05 am UTC

I kinda felt the "life is great" thing at the two year point, though not nearly as strong as at the one year point.

Now I'm a little over four years out, and life sucks once more.

It's good to be normal again! :D

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby zeehio » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:18 am UTC

Congratulations to both of you. To many more biopsy-versaries!

Best wishes from Barcelona

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby portemantho » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:27 am UTC

So happy for you two.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby rmsgrey » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:06 am UTC

In the words of Spock, may you both "live long and prosper".

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby OP Tipping » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:08 am UTC

I miss my mother so much. She was fifty flavours of awesome. She was my best friend. Wryly witty, liberal minded and a great Scrabble player, always thought first of others, she taught me to read and to care, you'd have loved her.

I didn't spend nearly enough time with her while she was ill, or for that matter while she was well, because I'm a jerk. She was diagnosed in 2005 and after a couple of years of treatment it looked as though she would be okay, and by okay I mean it looked as though she would need to spend a couple of hours in a hospital every day for the rest of her life but that the rest of her life would probably be thirty years or so.

I got married and we became pregnant more or less instantly in 2007, and that dominated my thoughts and efforts. When the baby was a few months old, mum had to let us know that she'd been keeping a secret from us, that in fact the treatment had caused dysplasia. She had not wanted to worry us because she knew we were busy with the baby. Not long after that she told me she had decided she'd had enough treatment for one lifetime, and that she would not go to hospital any more, and that for this reason she would probably last another week. She wouldn't listen to my pleading about "where there's life there's hope" etc. She was ready to say goodbye.

She deteriorated fast, and soon couldn't speak, and communicated using a letterboard. I read to her, brought her what she needed. Even a few hours before she died I maintained the fantasy that she was going to recover. She was dead by morning, and it is usual to say "she died in her sleep", but for all I know she died in a waking paroxysm.

My obsession with "what I could have done differently" is tempered by remembering that if I'd done anything differently, I wouldn't have my son (sensitive dependence on initial conditions etc), so the range of time in which I could have done things differently is limited to the narrow period that represents the intersection sets of her lives. Ah me. At least she got to see him.
a) Please explain the specific MEDICAL reason for ordering this MEDICATION !
b) Please state the nature of your ailment or injury.
c) One a scale of one to ten, how would you rate your pain?
d) Please state the nature of the medical emergency.

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby The Cat » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:08 am UTC

Cheers!

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Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Postby tjccjt » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:14 am UTC

All the best to both of you. Here's to many more anniversaries.


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