*finish my Pernod and order a 100-yr Grand Marnier in an Ethiopian coffee*
I reread the arc again, and I feel the most striking imagery is the fact that acinoM was always there, slithering in the background, looking for an opportunity, and how Pablo's visceral, Frank Miller-esque ink style really accentuated the darkness, the grotesque, the weight of such a monster when she found one. It floored me.
I'll add azalea's comment that her worst times with her own struggle was when she felt she had overcome it for good, and it wasn't true. You never overcome the demons, and they will grow again out of simple complacency.
That's not to say I'm some sort of nihilist, but I think back to a Zen teaching back in cloister, "If you face your fears, they will release you, but if you do not, they will destroy you." This is such a simple teaching, but of course very hard to make a part of you.
acinoM and Monica are essentially the same person, just different sides. They are made of the same stuff, but attitude, balance and brightness are what make them what they are. Cancer, it was taught to me, takes the same routes. Your own mindset causes certain natural chemicals to be dominant in the body, causing imbalance, and a body "sweet" for cancer. Cancerous cells are simply normal cells, with a different environment, killing them means killing the cells they were and the function they served, making cancer sometimes impossible to cure. At monastery, I have seen patients cured of their terminality with massage and a simple attitude change, which seemed like magic, but was really just a deeper understanding of body, and its inseparable connection to the mind.
I was emotionally uplifted, as I'm sure a lot of us were, that Monica found the key that unlocked her own strengths that tipped the scales of her mindset towards balance and away from chaos and self-destruction. She's a happy, healthy pechochi-girl, and the world would miss her dearly.
Hunter S. Thompson wrote magnificent escapism. But what he experienced couldn't save him from his own SretnuH, but instead strengthened it. Think about that.