It talks about a hospital with "monthly "Strength Through Laughter" therapy. It is one of several types of laughter or humor therapy being offered by medical facilities around the country for patients diagnosed with cancer or other chronic diseases.
The programs feature joke sessions, clown appearances and funny movies...
One of the challenges of being diagnosed with cancer is preserving your dignity ... when we tell you to put on a gown where the back half is missing and everyone's examining you and asking about bodily functions," said Dr. Richard Wender, former president of the American Cancer Society and the hospital's chief of family medicine.
The clown volunteers, he said, create a sense of comfort that helps narrow the "interpersonal gap" between patient and medical staff."
I'm sure the camaraderie among the cancer survivors in the laughter program helps, too. Isn't it amazing the instant bond among cancer survivors and caregivers? All the traditional "polite" getting to know you stuff falls away, and you immediately get to the very soul of things. Very healing...
I'm continuing to exercise after my surgery - and loving it!