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Cancer survivors create a children's book about the disease to destigmatize and normalize conversations about cancer

Shared by hpokun on 2023-07-13 13:10

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"Can-Can and the Adventure of Ming Island" is a children's book co-authored and illustrated by Carmen Monge and Heenah Pokun. It is the heartwarming tale of Can-Can the panda and his faithful friend, Mopri, the sloth, as together they embark on an epic adventure through the jungles of Ming Island... and the journey of Can-Can's cancer diagnosis. This is not a story that delivers the facts about cancer treatment. This is a story about life AROUND cancer, and about friendship and family.

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Carmen Monge is the author of the book. She is a cancer survivor - diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2013 - and used her experience with the illness to generate the idea for creating this children's book. Carmen also is a self-employed nutritional product development consultant and runs a Youtube channel aimed at cancer survivors.

Heenah Pokun is a freelance children's book illustrator and a cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2013. She loves to use illustration, graphic design and typography to tell stories in a unique, visual way.

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