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My Life Beyond Leukemia

A Mayo Clinic patient story

By Hey Gee • As told by Rae Burremo • Edited by Mira A. Kohorst, M.D. • Illustrated by Hey Gee

  • Featuring beautifully illustrated pages, this graphic novel shares the inspiring story of Rae Burremo’s experience with leukemia.
  • Leukemia is the most common cancer in children and teens, accounting for almost 1 out of 3 cancers.
  • The My Life Beyond graphic novel book series tells the true stories of Mayo Clinic patients.



infoThe Facts

4.8 per 100,000

is the rate of new cases of childhood leukemia per year.


After going through treatment for leukemia, Amy is used to visiting the hospital. As she falls asleep for another medical test, she suddenly finds herself on an adventure. With the help of a shrinking potion, other magic tools and some friends, she’s on a mission to help other kids face leukemia and its treatment.

What is it really like to have this childhood cancer? Find out how Amy beats leukemia and discovers life beyond her illness.

Leukemia is estimated to affect 1 in every 1,000 children, but the voices and experiences of these children are rarely heard amid the complexity of modern medicine.

My Life Beyond Leukemia: A Mayo Clinic patient story is part of the My Life Beyond graphic novel series. Created through collaboration among pediatric patients, their doctors, and children’s author and illustrator Hey Gee, each book in the series dives into the mind and imagination of a child patient at Mayo Clinic to explain how children experience illness, challenges, and recovery.

2021 • 35 pages • Mayo Clinic Press

By Hey Gee • As told by Rae Burremo • Edited by Mira A. Kohorst, M.D. • Illustrated by Hey Gee

Guillaume Federighi AKA Hey Gee is a French and American author and illustrator. He began his career in 1998 by exploring the world of street art and graffiti in different European capitals. After moving to New York, Hey Gee developed a reputation for a direct and instantaneous style of graphic design and illustration that brings out unifying ideas, creates distinctive characters, and affects all generations. He is also the owner and creative director of Hey Gee Studio, a full service creative agency based in New York City.

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