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How Can Humor Help When Living With a Serious Illness?

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And Jeff, you found me, right? 

So then one night I was thinking what can I do, and I started thinking, what if I turned it into comedy?  So I e-mailed my comedy teacher because I've taken improv--I've taken stand-up before, and I said, does someone ever do comedy about cancer?  He wrote back and said, yeah, if you have it, yes.  So I wrote back and said I'm coming to you next class, and when I did the first routine I'm usually not nervous like that but I was terrified because I didn't know how people would take it. 

She was talking about having a bone marrow transplant, and however grateful I would be to the donor I don't think I can handle that.  I have to take my own sheets when I go to a hotel.  I don't like the idea of my blood touching someone else's bone marrow. 

When I got my diagnosis I went to my improv rehearsal right after that and the coach said, oh, today we're going to talk about our day and put it into a scene.  And I said, oh.  Well, I just found out I have an incurable cancer.  He just looked at me.  Oh.  Will you back next week? 

And it took us maybe a month and a half to kind of get into what I think is critical.  You need to keep going with your life, and you need to live every day to the fullest, and this comedy has been a wonder for Summer to not dwell on this disease, and she focuses on coming up with new stuff for her routine and doing that kind of thing, and it really helps. 

Okay.  And Andrew Schorr to the north in San Diego County and reminding all of us knowledge and laughter can help be the best medicine of all.

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.

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