CellToons: The story of cancer at a cellular level
by Teresa Werner
96 pages; 8.5 x 5.5 inches (oblong; horizontal orientation)
45 full-color illustrations
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-945587-08-5
Price: $21.99 + shipping
“CellToons visually depicts the journey of cancer from diagnosis to survival and is absolutely brilliant. It takes a special person to encourage and bless others with one of life’s greatest struggles. Teresa’s love and creativity are vividly displayed in this encouraging illustrated collection of cartoons. She is trailblazing a path of hope for others to follow. A gift of hope is precious indeed! What a brilliant way to defeat the shadows of despair! Simple, to the point, direct, honest and most importantly—encouraging. Truly, a blessing for so many others.” —Nathan Angelo, founder of TruEssential skin care products & Master Distiller
I have heard, statistically, that soon one in every two people will be diagnosed with cancer. I was the one. I got a cancer diagnosis, and even though I could clearly see why my cancer developed, I was still as shocked to hear, “You have cancer,” as anyone else who has ever heard those words.
After six months of searching, flailing really, knowing that conventional treatments yielded the same five-year survival rate as doing nothing, I found Portland Clinic of Holistic Health in Portland, Oregon. That was in August 2016. I had Stage IV breast cancer.
I had retired in June, a somewhat forced action. I enrolled in an art class at the local Senior Center. It was fun and I liked learning how to draw. On August 5, 2016, I drew a little picture of my scared and weakened cells. I titled the picture, “Weary Cells Expected to Fight.” I showed it to the staff at the clinic and they all liked my drawing. The concept of “CellToons” was born! I started drawing my personal health interactions through the perspective of my own cells.
My journey through cancer is illustrated in a child-like, simple fashion. The small skits of the CellToons served as a happiness lever for me, and those around me. Seven months later, my cancer was declared, “In remission.” This is my book about cancer at a cellular level.
I hope that you, too, will be able to find some joy, hope, and happy moments when you are with the CellToons. After all, it is our own beliefs that hold the potential for illness and for health. It is my honor to say, “To Your Health”!
After TERESA WERNER received a diagnosis of breast cancer, she began to illustrate her feelings and doctor visits. She chronicled her experience through colored pencil drawings. She viewed, in her mind’s eye, her own healthy cells (the big white ones) working hard to get rid of the dead cancer cells (the small green ones). The creative force behind “CellToons” (as they came to be called) was so great, that Teresa reproduced her 44 comic art strips from a colored pencil pad to an iPad Pro in less than three months. She is dedicated to disseminating information about cancer to others through her website: www.seeyourselfhealed.com and through this book.
Teresa is past sixty, widowed, and resides in a small town on the Oregon Coast. She retired as Postmaster in 2016, from the United States Postal Service.
CellToons is available direct from the author through her website: www.seeyourselfhealed.com