My daughter was 2.5 when she had her portacath fitted. She was really self conscious about it and didn’t want to show anyone for quite a while. Your book helped massively. She became really proud of her ‘special lump’ and she took the book to nursery to explain it to her friends. Thank you!!
You truly understand the hearts and minds of childhood cancer families. When you’ve seen a need to help children understand what they are experiencing in the very adult world of oncology, you’ve explained things in a clear simple way that kids can easily understand. It helps kids feel less worried and afraid, and helps parents so much. It can also help parents explain things to siblings, who often feel lost in the shuffle.
You have truly depicted the unimaginable and indescribable moments that happen behind closed doors. You have created awareness in a relatable means bringing life to the true journey our little warriors face
My daughter was 12 when she was diagnosed I also have 2 younger children and nieces and nephews we are close to I sent you info through for them to look at before they seen her and help prepare them for the changes and things that where going on in her body it was the best way I could describe it to them…it was so helpful
You show The World what childhood cancer is through the eyes of a kid.
Translating the indescribable feelings that this journey creates so that people instantly ‘get it’
Some of your work has taken my breath away. The way you capture the real, raw emotion of what our kids go through is remarkable. It’s all so relatable and makes me feel less alone.
Everything in the world of cancer is meant for adults. The medicines were designed for adults. The pamphlets and diagnosis and tests – all explained to adults. The decisions are too big, the choices are impossible – and adults make them all. IDCC was the first time we found something someone had made that wasn’t for us. It was for her.
I draw childhood cancer is a resource for anyone that has been affected in the childhood cancer community. Angus’ illustrations are dynamic and relatable. Whether you are the patient, the parent, or the provider, you will find comfort in his work. Because Angus has experienced firsthand what childhood cancer is all about, he is able to capture all the components that come along with it. By creating comforting and educational resources he spreads compassion and awareness to anyone who encounters them.
Your pictures and simple explanation of a port helped us explain to our 3 year old about the port that she would have placed in her chest.
Your work is a distillation to the emotional heart of the experience. It’s a very welcome counterbalance to the often impassive and distant nature of clinical description.
Canadian oncology family here. Your books have helped our kids understand so much more of what’s going on. Clara was diagnosed at only 1 year old, brother was only 2.5. These books are part of our regular rotation at bed time and help spur dialogue about cancer in general. Thank you for your work.
I had found your art inspiring from the moment we were diagnosed, but as I went through my own journey coping with my son’s diagnosis I discovered how therapeutic art was for me. I love your beautiful and brave representation of childhood cancer.
We send the story of the prosthetic eye that you did for my son Parker to school with him at the beginning of every year. It represents his strength and courage and gives him the words he needs to share about what he’s gone through and how he is different.
Sometimes it’s hard to explain things or express feelings with words but a picture paints a thousand words Thankyou
I found your art via Instagram in the middle of the night while I was anxiously scrolling in the parent hospital bed, with the shock of our world being ripped apart that week. I immediately felt less alone. Your books helped my 5 year old understand what his cancer was and normalised his central line. He started drawing his own cartoons and even made a book of his own cancer. Your Instagram page helped our friends and family understand what we were going through without me explaining. I cannot thank you enough Angus for being there and sharing your art.