Don’t Let Disease Hijack Your Sense of Humor

Don’t Let Disease Hijack Your Sense of Humor

Living & Loving with Prostate Cancer

One of the first things I did after I received the diagnosis of prostate cancer was unusual. I went online to look up jokes about prostate cancer. I knew I needed to do something to break the power of the fear and terror I was feeling. I was certain finding ways to laugh about prostate cancer would accomplish this goal. As it turned out, laughter and humor were vital to my emotional, relational and physical recovery.

Research about humor confirms it is very healthy for us to laugh. Laughing about cancer or death may not come naturally, but I hope at least one of these jokes demonstrates it’s possible. These jokes brought laughter into my life at a time when I desperately needed it:

Joke #1

Doctor: I’ve got your test results and some bad news. You have cancer and Alzheimer’s.                                       Patient: Boy, am I lucky! I was afraid I had cancer!

Joke #2

A man elects to have a prostatectomy (removal of the prostate) and asks the surgeon to try to spare the nerves that produce an erection. Well, he goes into surgery and wakes up in the recovery room and sees his doctor.
Patient: So, how did it go?                                                                                                                                                         Doctor: I’ve got good news and bad news. Patient: Give me the good news first.                                                       Doctor: We were able to save the nerves.                                                                                                                           Patient: That’s great news! What’s the bad news?                                                                                                             Doctor: They’re under your pillow.

Joke #3

When someone asks “How can we help?                                                                                                                                             You say: “We cheerfully accept all prayers, words of comfort, Paypal, MasterCard or Visa.”

Joke #4 (Warning this one is about death)

Three buddies were talking about death and dying. One asked, “When you’re in your casket and friends and family are mourning you, what would you like to hear them say about you?”                                                                                   The first guy says:”I would like to hear them say that I was a great doctor of my time and a great family man.”  The second guy says: “I would like to hear that I was a wonderful husband and school teacher who made a huge difference in our children of tomorrow.”                                                                                                                                     The last guy says: “I would like to hear them say: “LOOK! HE’S MOVING!!!”

My best advice is to purposely plan to laugh every day. If you have friends who make you laugh, make sure they are frequent visitors. Rent lots of funny movies. Watch TV shows that make you laugh. Buy a few books with jokes, or go to the library. Take out as many books as you can find that tickle your funny bone.

Make laughter something you do together as a couple and/or a family. Laughter is good medicine.

Note: Prostate Cancer News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The opinions expressed in this column are not those of Prostate Cancer News Today, or its parent company, BioNews Services, and are intended to spark discussion about issues pertaining to prostate cancer.

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Rick Redner received his master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University. He has spent many years working as a medical and psychiatric social worker He is the author of the award winning book I Left My Prostate in San Francisco-Where's Yours? His second book Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Erectile Dysfunction and Penile Implants won the Beverly Hills International Book Awards in Men's Health in 2016. Additionally, the book was a winner in the 2017 IAN Book of the Year Awards.

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