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Humor as a Coping Tool

Posted by @osun6, Dec 18, 2011

We are interested in hearing how you have used humor to help you cope with your disease. We believe that humor can be an effective tool when facing life threatening illness. Please tell us your stories.

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Laughing heals the body and more importantly the soul. I was on my death bed with a very rare blood disorder, they could not diagnose at the time. The Dr. was standing out side my hospital room door talking with my family the day after my admission. He said,”she has non-life sustaining blood levels and we don’t expect her to live through the night.”. I was in ICU, still conscious. I said back to them in a weak voice, “I’m not done yet!”

They looked in the door and laughed. Told me to be quiet, they were not done talking about me! I reminded them to treat me as if I was going to live not as if I was going to die. The whole tone changed. I am very much alive 8 years later.

I asked my husband what he wanted for Christmas this year, and without missing a beat. He said, ” can you just cut out the dying? A few less trips to the ER would be nice!”. He is amazing, the laughter and jokes help not only me, but my family. I have just written a book called “Oh the woes of a hose in your nose”. The lighter side of a hospital visit. Hoping like you, everyone learns that humor heals!!

@ckellis

Laughing heals the body and more importantly the soul. I was on my death bed with a very rare blood disorder, they could not diagnose at the time. The Dr. was standing out side my hospital room door talking with my family the day after my admission. He said,”she has non-life sustaining blood levels and we don’t expect her to live through the night.”. I was in ICU, still conscious. I said back to them in a weak voice, “I’m not done yet!”

They looked in the door and laughed. Told me to be quiet, they were not done talking about me! I reminded them to treat me as if I was going to live not as if I was going to die. The whole tone changed. I am very much alive 8 years later.

I asked my husband what he wanted for Christmas this year, and without missing a beat. He said, ” can you just cut out the dying? A few less trips to the ER would be nice!”. He is amazing, the laughter and jokes help not only me, but my family. I have just written a book called “Oh the woes of a hose in your nose”. The lighter side of a hospital visit. Hoping like you, everyone learns that humor heals!!

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Thank you. A great story.

@ckellis

Laughing heals the body and more importantly the soul. I was on my death bed with a very rare blood disorder, they could not diagnose at the time. The Dr. was standing out side my hospital room door talking with my family the day after my admission. He said,”she has non-life sustaining blood levels and we don’t expect her to live through the night.”. I was in ICU, still conscious. I said back to them in a weak voice, “I’m not done yet!”

They looked in the door and laughed. Told me to be quiet, they were not done talking about me! I reminded them to treat me as if I was going to live not as if I was going to die. The whole tone changed. I am very much alive 8 years later.

I asked my husband what he wanted for Christmas this year, and without missing a beat. He said, ” can you just cut out the dying? A few less trips to the ER would be nice!”. He is amazing, the laughter and jokes help not only me, but my family. I have just written a book called “Oh the woes of a hose in your nose”. The lighter side of a hospital visit. Hoping like you, everyone learns that humor heals!!

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Yep–how wonderful if people living alone could be visited by people who are funny and know how to laugh!

@ckellis

Laughing heals the body and more importantly the soul. I was on my death bed with a very rare blood disorder, they could not diagnose at the time. The Dr. was standing out side my hospital room door talking with my family the day after my admission. He said,”she has non-life sustaining blood levels and we don’t expect her to live through the night.”. I was in ICU, still conscious. I said back to them in a weak voice, “I’m not done yet!”

They looked in the door and laughed. Told me to be quiet, they were not done talking about me! I reminded them to treat me as if I was going to live not as if I was going to die. The whole tone changed. I am very much alive 8 years later.

I asked my husband what he wanted for Christmas this year, and without missing a beat. He said, ” can you just cut out the dying? A few less trips to the ER would be nice!”. He is amazing, the laughter and jokes help not only me, but my family. I have just written a book called “Oh the woes of a hose in your nose”. The lighter side of a hospital visit. Hoping like you, everyone learns that humor heals!!

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Hi…I live alone but have two dogs who cheer me daily. Have just been diagnosed with breast cancer ( early) and at age 77 wonder how to best enjoy the years left to me…I am the leader of several writing groups and when we get together we share life stories many of which are hilarious. We all love to laugh! I love to share my dogs’ antics as they are a hoot together, especially when they catch the smell of a woodchuck or rabbit close by. Who will chase first? How quickly can the chuck WHISTLE a warning and escape down his hole in the ground?
Laughter is so good and so important for our immune systems.

You’re an inspiration & I wish more & more laughter!
God bless you & your family

@osun6 thank you for starting this discussion. I sometimes have those "why me Lord? I've been good…" days and humor definitely brings me out of them and provides new perspectives. I've always struggled with diet and weight and this parody made my day when I first saw it.

Adele – Hello Parody (Hella Cravings) – YouTube

John

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@osun6 so cute lol thanks

@johnbishop

@osun6 thank you for starting this discussion. I sometimes have those "why me Lord? I've been good…" days and humor definitely brings me out of them and provides new perspectives. I've always struggled with diet and weight and this parody made my day when I first saw it.

Adele – Hello Parody (Hella Cravings) – YouTube

John

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@johnbishop Thank you for the humor. If it were not for a sense of
humor I could have not made it this far! Let’s celebrate humor!!

@parus

@johnbishop Thank you for the humor. If it were not for a sense of
humor I could have not made it this far! Let’s celebrate humor!!

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When I was being wheeled into the Operating Room for my heart surgery in 96 I remember looking up at the llights and told the attendant that a bulb was out and he needed to replace it . I was drugged up you know. lol

@johnbishop

@osun6 thank you for starting this discussion. I sometimes have those "why me Lord? I've been good…" days and humor definitely brings me out of them and provides new perspectives. I've always struggled with diet and weight and this parody made my day when I first saw it.

Adele – Hello Parody (Hella Cravings) – YouTube

John

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@johnbishop My cat was just staring at me, I was laughing so much at this! Loved it, great way to start my day!
Ginger

@gingerw

@johnbishop My cat was just staring at me, I was laughing so much at this! Loved it, great way to start my day!
Ginger

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Hi Ginger @gingerw – the video had the same effect on me. It made my day the first time I saw it.

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@gingerw

@johnbishop My cat was just staring at me, I was laughing so much at this! Loved it, great way to start my day!
Ginger

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@ginger
I'm a cat person too. Don't have any now. I got my cat a leukemia vaccination years ago, back when the shot was in the abdomen. She got cancer from it. We took her to the Bay area for surgery and radiation. She died though. I can't handle pets dying so I don't have any now. I just enjoy my friend's pets. What is your kitties name Ginger?
Jake

When I was in college, I thought that everything was funny, in an absurdist way. Now that I am 60, I don't find anything funny. At night, I tell my wife, "Let's watch a movie, but I only want to watch comedies." But there are actually not that many comedies produced by Hollywood. When I was younger, I did open-mic stand-up in restaurants and nightclubs. So, if Hollywood can't produce enough comedies that are truly funny, I'm going to have to create my own.
I'll put the first one on YouTube soon. I can't guarantee that it will make anyone, including myself, laugh. But it will be completely absurdist, that's for sure!

@sofaramnotdead

When I was in college, I thought that everything was funny, in an absurdist way. Now that I am 60, I don't find anything funny. At night, I tell my wife, "Let's watch a movie, but I only want to watch comedies." But there are actually not that many comedies produced by Hollywood. When I was younger, I did open-mic stand-up in restaurants and nightclubs. So, if Hollywood can't produce enough comedies that are truly funny, I'm going to have to create my own.
I'll put the first one on YouTube soon. I can't guarantee that it will make anyone, including myself, laugh. But it will be completely absurdist, that's for sure!

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Hi @sofaramnotdead – I'm with you on most of today's so called comedy shows…not very funny. I like the old Dean Martin comedy routines with Foster Brooks. They would always bring out a good laugh. Easy to find and watch, just do a Google search for Dean Martin comedy on YouTube. The Foster Brooks routine is right on top.

@sofaramnotdead

When I was in college, I thought that everything was funny, in an absurdist way. Now that I am 60, I don't find anything funny. At night, I tell my wife, "Let's watch a movie, but I only want to watch comedies." But there are actually not that many comedies produced by Hollywood. When I was younger, I did open-mic stand-up in restaurants and nightclubs. So, if Hollywood can't produce enough comedies that are truly funny, I'm going to have to create my own.
I'll put the first one on YouTube soon. I can't guarantee that it will make anyone, including myself, laugh. But it will be completely absurdist, that's for sure!

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So true, @sofaramnotdead. Comedies are not what they used to be. I will often go to YouTube and watch an old Jack Benny show, he knew how to be funny without even trying. Here's to a smile, laugh or grin for the day😊

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