Speaking of...

....the "C" word, Funky Winkerbean is a comic strip that addresses a lot of serious issues. I've been reading it now for almost 20 years. A long time story is Lisa's cancer. It was oddly timed to come back from remission as we've encountered the same and the story will be coming to a sad close in October. For a very realistic taste of what this is like, check out the link and read some of the back strips in the series:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/funky.asp