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If Laughter is the Best Medicine, I’ll Be Fine

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If Laughter is the Best Medicine, I’ll Be Fine

I don’t know if laughter is the best medicine, but it is certainly good medicine.

There is a lot of talk these days about positive attitude and how essential it is to coping with chronic illness. That is true, but I would add that a sense of humor may be just as important. The ability to laugh at our own foibles and missteps is sometimes just the tonic we need.

I can come up with dozens of examples of multiple sclerosis imposing on my life in a frustrating way, and quite a few instances where strangers have had a laugh at my expense. That’s no fun but, hey, that’s life.

The good-natured ribbing of friends is another matter. That kind of humor lets you know that you are still one of the gang, and not so pathetic that you can’t take a joke.

Then there’s the time when having MS became the excuse that got me out of an absurdly awkward situation worthy of a sitcom.

My husband and I were visiting London on business, but we had several lovely social functions on our agenda. This particular evening, we were scheduled to attend a cocktail party at a small art museum. I was beside myself with excitement as I slipped my little black dress over my head and shoulders. It felt a little tight as called out for my husband to zip me up. That excitement quickly turned to panic as he let loose with a soft whistle and I realized that the dress, when zipped, barely made it over my backside! Oh, why hadn’t I tried it on before packing? Just a few months ago it looked so darling on me. Amazing what two or three pounds can do. All right, maybe five.

So there I stood in my awkwardly high heels (another foolish error on my part), leaning on my cane, and wearing a dress that was straining at the seams. We weren’t about to let that stop us, so we optimistically headed out into the winter chill to hail a cab. As if having MS and walking with a cane and high heels weren’t challenging enough, the tight dress exaggerated my odd gait to the point of ridiculousness.

Arriving at the museum, I carefully situated myself with my back to the wall, doing everything in my power to avoid mingling. There were very few seats around, so when a chair became available, I sat down… warily… hoping I wouldn’t split my dress open and expose my backside in the process. I could almost feel the groaning of the tiny threads holding it all together. While hubby mingled, I sat.

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4:53PM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

What an encouraging story! Thanks, Ann.

11:52AM PDT on Jul 27, 2010

I love to laugh.

7:41AM PDT on May 25, 2010

one of my favorite saying it that, "a day without laughter is a day wasted"

8:40PM PDT on May 24, 2010

Terrific story. Thanks, Ann!

8:46AM PDT on May 16, 2010

Ahh your story and feelings brought me right to your situation and
I was taken by your Courage and still laughing, giving yourself the joy that is so very healing. What a grand role model .
Pat

6:09AM PDT on May 13, 2010

nice

11:25AM PDT on May 6, 2010

:D me too!

11:32AM PDT on May 3, 2010

yes! haha

9:23AM PDT on Apr 30, 2010

I laugh a lot and it is good for you.

5:56AM PDT on Apr 28, 2010

laughter is one way for me to hide my problems, i know everybody has them (problems), but without laughter, your sadness, irritability and other negative emotions will show...and you'll look like a scary person!

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