Cancer Fighters Thrive Magazine, “Laugh ‘ Til It Heals”, Summer, 2012

Summer 2012 | Cancer Fighters Thrive Magazine

Cancer is a laughing matter? who knew?

When I was diagnosed with stage III metastatic breast cancer 18 years ago, laughter was the last thing on my mind. Yet immediately I witnessed a phenomenon: when friends and family learned I had cancer, they didn’t know what to say. Not wanting to say the “wrong thing,

” they often ended up saying nothing, causing me to feel isolated and alone.

I started receiving “silent gestures of support.” Cards came in the mail; people sent flowers; others dropped meals at my door. But I discovered that humor was a great connector of people, and I wanted people around me. I started drawing cartoons about my cancer experience. If someone sent me flowers or dropped off food, I would send them a thank-you note, using a cartoon. 

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