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Coping With Cancer Through Humor

With the diagnosis of cancer is the prognosis and plan of treatment. And the reality of it all.

But remember, there are over 10 million cancer survivors in the United States alone. They live normal, happy lives after enduring a serious illness and therapy with physical and mental side effects.

Each cancer is different. Each persons genetic makeup and type of illness and advancement is different. Some had successful therapy. Some changed or modified their therapy before it was successful. However, most survivors attest that, aside from medicine, attitude made a big difference. They realized that ultimately a good attitude would either support the healing process and give a better quality of life. Some say that humor got them through many days that would have otherwise been difficult.

While humor does not cure cancer, it supports physiological functions that positively affect immunity and healing by supporting healthy cells. It also fights depression and anxiety, and reduces stress. Laughter increases oxygen levels in the lungs and blood. It is also believed that belly laughter helps rid you of excess carbon-dioxide and replaces it with oxygen. It also distracts you from pain.

Find humor in everyday life. Look for the lighter side of things, have a playful attitude. Share your laughter with others. Typically we laugh harder or longer with others than alone. Surround yourself with humor, read comical books, watch sitcoms and movies that make you laugh.

Laughter doesn’t take away illness, but makes it easier to cope.

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