• Do you ever find some things humorous with cancer? It's not a "funny" disease, but can't we laugh a little?

    Asked by MerryMaid on Sunday, January 6, 2019

    Do you ever find some things humorous with cancer? It's not a "funny" disease, but can't we laugh a little?

    I never mean to offend anyone but quite the opposite. I figure if I can make a cancer patient laugh just once and forget their problems for a few seconds I've done my job. When I go to the treatment center or anywhere else where I might be around other cancer patients I try to be light hearted and make those I talk with feel a little better for a few minutes.

    13 Answers from the Community

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    • Carool's Avatar

      I agree! Laughing is such a great release and feels so good. A close friend went with me to my first chemo (I didn't want my partner to go). My friend and I always laughed a lot when we were together, and the chemo session was no different.

      When I'd be in the waiting room to see my oncologist or breast surgeon or have a mammo or other test, I found that it helped my anticipatory anxiety to talk with a patient who was also waiting there. Talking about our fears, laughing - it all helped.

      10 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I totally agree! I bet your cancer center is always happy to see you come in, MerryMaid!

      9 months ago
    • Dkatsmeow's Avatar

      I shared pictures with of my Halloween display using my radiation masks. And I keep telling them I need a new tassle for my feeding tube. So yes you have to laugh at it sometimes or you might sink too deep.

      9 months ago
    • Kayelen's Avatar

      I go to a University Hospital for my cancer treatment. Since it is a training hospital I usually am interviewed by a intern first then see my Doctor (who i love) My husband goes with me and we have fun discussing the varied new eager faces of the interns. One particular day, an intern asked me the ususal questions including had my cancer metastasized. I said yes, and she cheerfully said " well, well, that's cancer! It's doing its job. Thats what it does." After she left I commented wasn't she just an angel of mercy. We had a good laugh that day.

      9 months ago
    • valeriet's Avatar

      Absolutely. Laughter is the second best medicine. When I was down and so fatigued from surgery and radiation, I watched all the old sitcoms on TV because I knew laughing in my mind was just as beneficial as laughing out loud.

      9 months ago
    • Rustysmom's Avatar

      Oh, there are so many things that you just have to laugh at! A couple days after my second chemo I got pulled in to a meeting with a potential client. I felt lousy that day, and that morning, my hair was all over the shower floor. I patched myself together best I could, and used about half a can of hairspray in hopes a big clump of hair didn't drop onto the conference table in the middle of our meeting. I kept glancing down at the table and checking my shoulders to be sure I didn't end up with a huge bald spot. I was so relieved to get thru that meeting without incident. I called my niece, who is a hairdresser, and asked her to stop by with her shears! We laughed about the whole thing! And we got the project!

      9 months ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      Couple of things: When people tell me I look great, I sometimes ask: "Well, what did I look like before?" This is followed by staring at the floor and shuffling of feet. I know they mean well.

      Or, when they say that, I will tell them, "You know, no one ever said that until I got cancer"

      In select company, I tell people that I am writing a book. When they ask what the title is, I tell them, "Making Cancer Fun!"

      OK, maybe not so much...

      9 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      My son would make me laugh when I was down. He would comment on how much money dad was saving on shampoo when I was bald. And we watched a lot of the Big Bang Theory show to get us laughing. I love that show!

      9 months ago
    • Kayelen's Avatar

      Po18 guy. Your book title maybe: YouLook Great!

      9 months ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      Laughter was my best medicine. I laughed and joked as much as possible during my treatments.
      I had to get a bone marrow test one day, anyone who has had these know how painful they are....I had to use the bathroom before my test and my husband was in the waiting room. I had to go through the waiting room to get to the bathroom, He looked at me strange when I went through, and I said " Come on, we're out of here! I'm making a break for it" The look on his face was priceless!

      9 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar

      I completely agree. My doctor has a great sense of humor. I find it really important.

      I have some family members who also have a great sense of humor. They have been known to send me some really funny jokes when I am waiting for test results. Many times my doctor or nurses will walk in while I am sitting in the room by myself laughing. I really think the humor has helped me through some really rough times.

      9 months ago
    • Gumpus61's Avatar

      so a friend tells me to watch the movie John Wick. The wife likes Keanu Reaves, so we give it a shot. (Ann is 5 years beating a uniformly fatal cancer) Movie starts with him driving an old Mustang like we used to own....good start. But then the wife dies of the terrible disease, tears from Ann, then a dog is delivered on behalf of the wife so Keanu can love again. Now Ann is sobbling. Then the bad guys steal the car and kill the dog. More tears. Then Keanu starts whacking the bad guys and the wife looks at me and says....."if that is the way it goes the first guy I want you to kill, is the guy who told us to watch this movie". Man I love that girl !

      9 months ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      When I was diagnosed with colon cancer, I just couldn't believe it had to be the cancer that no one wants to talk about! I developed a potty mouth, became quite self-deprecating and actually revealed a sense of humor that I never knew I had. It got to the point where I was embarrassing my teenage sons, which was actually really funny. My goal in life is to make people smile, even if it is by making fun of myself or sharing embarrassing stories.

      This led to my being comfortable advocating and talking about the cancer that no one wants to talk about. And I say that if I save just one life by having shared my stinky, gross details then perhaps that was the reason why I developed colon cancer.

      9 months ago

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