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Young mother fights cancer with cartoon drawings
    2018-January-4  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A RECENT charity sale that took place at the faculty of design of Shenzhen University has attracted the public’s attention to young interior designer Li Shunjuan, who has been drawing from her experience of fighting cancer for nearly two years.

Nearly 400 copies of Li’s cartoon drawings were sold in only two days during the charity sale. “I record some of the difficulties and solutions I have encountered while being treated by drawing cartoons so that more people can learn about the disease and other patients like me can be encouraged to be optimistic,” said Li.

Li became an interior designer after graduating from Shenzhen University in 2012. The charity sale was organized by other alumni and the faculty.

Life has been normal and smooth for Li and her family until she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a kind of lymphatic cancer, two years ago. “I suffered from insomnia for the first time in my life the day I found out that I had cancer,” said Li, mother of a 4-year-old girl.

Though Li felt life was unfair to her, she decided to embrace every remaining day optimistically. She has always been passionate about drawing, so she got through the most painful period of her treatment by drawing cartoons.

Since June 2016, Li started making her drawings and writing about her experience. Three months later, Li underwent a bone marrow transplant and spent only 17 days in isolation while other patients normally need 30 days.

Li said she was inspired by Xiong Dun, a Zhejiang cartoonist who died from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in November 2012. Xiong recorded the last period of her life with fun yet moving cartoons that touched and encouraged many people. Xiong’s story was turned into a film in 2015.

Like Xiong, Li wanted to share her experience of having cancer and the treatment she has received with others. In December 2016, Li registered a public WeChat account where she published her cartoon entries.

“Many patients like me are frustrated and confused during treatment, and I want to cheer them up, as well as myself, with cartoons, to make the process less miserable,” said Li.

Over the past one and a half years, Li has published 20 collections of cartoon drawings, covering topics including diet tips, insurance claims and problems while being hospitalized.

Li wrote in her cartoon: “I choose to feel grateful for the disease, I choose to accept my current condition and I choose to battle it with courage.”

Xu Xiang, a former classmate of Li’s, was one of the initiators of the charity sale. “Many of our classmates have been supporting her by donating money through her public WeChat account,” said Xu.

All of the products sold in the charity sale were made from Li’s cartoons. Many people even paid extra to support Li.

However, Li’s current condition is worse than before. The one thing that Li wants to do the most is to spend more time with her daughter. Since Li has had to receive treatment in Guangzhou, she has not had much time to be with her daughter over the last two years.

Li said she would keep drawing cartoons while receiving treatment so she can share her stories with others. (Zhang Qian)

 

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