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Illness
<3 If there's anything you can do, I'll let you know. For the moment, any simple distracting online games sent to sick@xkcd.com will not go unappreciated [EDIT: Holy crap 2,700 games before noon. I love you guys; thank you. They will be passed along and played by us all.]
Title text: <3 If there's anything you can do, I'll let you know. For the moment, any simple distracting online games sent to [email protected] will not go unappreciated [EDIT: Holy crap 2,700 games before noon. I love you guys; thank you. They will be passed along and played by us all.]

[edit] Explanation

This is the first comic about Randall's fiancée's (now wife) cancer.

It is self-explanatory, although vague on specifics.

More details and related comics are on the Category:Cancer page.

[edit] Transcript

Randall: Hey, everyone-
Randall: As I mentioned on the blag, I'm going through a rough time right now. I'm dealing with a serious family illness and it's become pretty overwhelming.
Randall: We're still getting a handle on everything, and I appreciate your patience while we figure it all out.
Randall: Thank you to everyone who wrote in with kind wishes and words of support. They've been passed on and meant a lot.
Randall: I like drawing, and might find time for it in the coming weeks, but I'm not going to push myself to stick to a schedule.
Randall: However, between my stacks of notebooks, scanner, and supportive sysadmin, I should at least have something interesting to share with you in this space each M/W/F.
Randall: ♡
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Discussion

I would define prayer as the active concentration on someone/something with an intended outcome. I would define remote prayer as praying for/to someone/something that you have no direct or personal contact with with a very specific intended outcome. When I found out that Randall's fiancee had cancer, I though about him and her hoping that it would work out positively. I assume (Yeah, yeah, I know) that others did as well. Randall's now-wife got better. Did we just prove that remote prayer works when done by geeks?!? Could we make a web site for concentrating geek positive thoughts to make people better? Could we make Stephen Hawking walk?!?--173.245.54.11 17:02, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

This comic isn't about "Stephen Hawking", but it's all about Randall's experience on cancer happening to his wife. Please keep his minds as the main message here. --Dgbrt (talk) 23:30, 12 May 2014 (UTC)
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