Honest Empathy Cards by Emily McDowell

For LA-based designer Emily McDowell, the most difficult part of battling cancer wasn’t the sickness itself, but the loneliness she felt when her friends and family distanced themselves from her. Now cancer-free, McDowell has launched a set of empathy cards inspired by the things she wished her pals would have told her while she was ill. The cards boast hand-drawn lettering, bright illustrations and honest, comforting and oftentimes hilarious messages—including the excellent “Please let me be the first to punch the next person who tells you everything happens for a reason.”