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Everything's Okay: A Round Table Comic: My Journey Surviving Childhood Cancer Paperback – September 16, 2011

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"It’s really good. Maybe even great. You should hunt it down. But it’s about something very scary – childhood cancer – and it doesn’t pull any punches, emotional or physical. There is none of the sentimentality that so often accompanies stories about cancer survivors. Instead, there are real emotions (not just the noble ones) that reinforce Alesia’s humanity, and make her experiences believably real." -- Martha Thomases, ComicMix

"Approximately 12,400 children each year are diagnosed with cancer. Their families are thrown into a world they want no part of and yet they have to quickly learn to navigate it. A book like Alesia’s can give parents and older kids a preview of what they may endure—and more importantly, a whole lot of hope." -- Parents Magazine
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Writers Of The Round Table Press (September 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610660145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610660143
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,355,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Martha L. Thomases on September 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you're lucky, you won't get this book because you need it.

Don't get me wrong. It's really good. Maybe even great. You should hunt it down. But it's about something very scary - childhood cancer - and it doesn't pull any punches, emotional or physical.

Alisia Shute was diagnosed with colon cancer when she was 7 years old. She went through years of surgeries, hospital stays, discomfort (which is the polite way to describe pain) and tests. Lots and lots of tests. She also grew up, fought with her siblings, fought with her parents, dated, fell in love, fell out of love, fell in love some more, got married, and had a child. Oh, and she got cancer again after she found out she was pregnant.

Several years ago, she wrote a book about her experiences, which she self-published. With the money raised she raised, she started a non-profit organization, which raises funds for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (which she affectionately calls CHoP), her alma mater. This fall, to coincide with Childhood Cancer Awareness Monthl, Round Table Comics is publishing a graphic novel adaptation of her book. All proceeds will be donated to CHoP

When I first heard about this project, I thought, in my condescending way, that it was for children, a way for parents to talk to their sick child (or her siblings) about cancer. I was wrong. This book is too intense to give to a young child. While neither bloody nor gory, Nathan Lueth's artwork conveys Alesia's pain and fear, and the loneliness she feels because she's so different from other kids. It is, however, a great way for parents and other concerned adults to know what a child with cancer is going through.

There is none of the sentimentality that so often accompanies stories about cancer survivors. Instead, there are real emotions (not just the noble ones) that reinforce Alesia's humanity, and make her experiences believably real.
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I really enjoyed this book. I have known her for over 25 years and knew she was a sick child, but I never knew she spent years so very ill.
This book made me both happy and sad. Since Alesia never complained about her sickness the only way to know was to read her book.what is more important this book shows how a person can move on with their life an accomplish anything they set their mind to. It shows you that dreams do come true. Way to go, Alesia.
Your friend, Joyce O.C.n.j..
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There should be a copy of this book next to every hospital bed in every pediatric ward in the country so that the unfortunate children that are going through similar experiences can be comforted in knowing that they are not alone and that there is indeed hope for them.

This book took me on an emotional roller-coaster ride from choked up to laughing to tears again.

I truly felt anxiety wondering what this poor little girl was going to have to go through next. Seeing how she overcame everything that was thrown at her was truly inspirational. It made my problems seem trivial in comparison. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
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Just read "Everything's Okay" in about 4 hours. It was so GREAT I could not put it down. I got it in the mail and the same night finished it. I can not tell you how much I enjoyed it. I never read something that can make you Laugh and Cry sometimes at the same time!! I can actually relate to some of it my mom has been through a few surgeries of this nature. I am so Happy to say I am friends with Alesia and to see how far she has come and how beautiful and happy she is now. Really makes me feel like I can get through anything that may come my way in life. Thanks for sharing your story Alesia!! I know this will help tons of people! '
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I had the opportunity to read Alesia's comic and have to say it's absolutely brilliant! The artwork is fresh and the storyline is so real that you want to reach through the pages and give the author a hug. Fortunately, I was not reading this book because of illness, but I have passed it along to several friends who are cancer survivors. This book is a beacon of hope and understanding for those battling an awful disease. Alesia's honesty and no-nonsense approach to her illness will help so many others in similar situations. My heart goes out to anyone reading this book through an illness, but you couldn't find a better literary companion than Alesia Shute.
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I was given this book by a publisher friend. By chance I had a 2+ hour flight the next day so I settled into my seat to give this a quick read. I was literally brought to tears at 32,000 feet as I read through the lifelong struggles and victories that Elesia Shute experienced. This was a very inspiring story that will no doubt tug at every reader's heart. And the medium of presenting the story in a "comic book" format is unique and almost whimsical. Best of all, proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia so that other patients fighting this terrible disease can read about the author's inspirational story and how she fought against and ultimately recovered from and beat cancer. This is a great story that benefits a great cause!
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I have to thank Round Table Comics for publishing an adaptation of "Everything's Okay" by Alesia Shute and illustrated by Nathan Lueth. I thank them because this is a book I'd probably never read, but in the comic, or graphic novel, format, I gave it a try and actually really enjoyed it. I like Round Table Comics because they take educational, motivational, and inspirational books and put them in comic form at 50 pages. This makes them easy and quick to read, but Round Table Comics does a great job of not loosing any of the important message in this form.

"Everything's Okay" is an inspirational true tale of the hardships Alesia Shute endured throughout her life. The trials, tribulations, cancer and surgeries Shute was put through never killed her spirit or deep desire to live a normal life. This book illustrates that desire and the love and support from her family as she grew up and finally has a "normal" life as a wife and mother. This is a very powerful story, and one that will stir emotions, especially if you are a parent.

For a comic, this book is text heavy, which is needed to share Shute's story. The accompanying artwork is extremely well done, and I commend Lueth for his capturing the characters and the story with his black and white drawings. If you are looking for an inspirational true tale in a comic book format, "Everything's Okay" by Alesia Shute will inspire, motivate, and make you feel fortunate to be healthy and alive. If you are not healthy, it will show you how to drive on anyway. Thanks again to Round Table Comics for exposing me to Shute's story.

Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of the Tough Guy Wisdom series.
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