A cancer patient uses humor and art to conquer her fears and face the reality of severe illness.
Cancer isn’t funny; it’s hilarious.
That’s the mantra that carried Kaylin Andres, a young fashion artist from Sacramento, through eight wrenching years of surgeries, chemo treatments and radiation for a rare form of cancer.
In November, the 31-year-old lost her battle with Ewing’s sarcoma, an aggressive cancer that typically strikes kids and young adults. Cut off from her passion for fashion, she found new artistic avenues to battle her cancer, attracting hundreds of followers worldwide. Andres leaves behind an artistic legacy aimed at helping cancer patients, including a long-running blog, CancerIsHilarious.com, a series of graphic comic novels called “Terminally Illin’ ” and a stint on MTV’s “World of Jenks” show.
For Andres, writing and tapping humor – even the dark side – helped get her through some of her darkest hours, said her mother and sister, both of whom live in Sacramento.
“She did not set out in her life to help people (with cancer),” said her mother, Lynn. “She wanted to to be a fashion designer … but circumstances led her to this other way to have a legacy.”
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