Comedy Corner #4-WEGO: Laughter is the Best Medicine (#HAWMC)

Every week I post funny jokes and videos.  As I’ve blogged about, humor is an important tool I use to manage pain.  Laughing, the physical act of it, releases endorphins also known as the “feel good hormones.”  These hormones help us manage stress, which in my case comes from multitasking four illnesses: bipolar disorder, polycystic ovarian syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, and asthma.   I’m also participating in WEGO’s Health Activist Writer’s Month challenge by (trying to) answer one post per day.  I participated by answering 30 prompts last November.  Today’s prompt is:

Laughter is the Best Medicine. In honor of April Fool’s Day, is there a something that always makes you laugh? A memory, favorite joke?

 Katt Williams Routine, “Poor Little Tink Tink”

Katt Williams is one of my favorite stand-up comedians because he often jokes about suffering and triumph over adversity.  (Note: Some of you might find the language foul, which I understand.  If that’s the case, you can see last week’s Comedy Corner, which has no cursing.  Kevin Bacon’s Footloose entrance is hilarious.)  Katt’s sketch is great when I’m having a bad day.  Being in pain and tired 24/7 is hard enough but sometimes there are people in our lives who make our complicated lives even more difficult.  Like your supervisor at work who loses important documents and blames it on you?  Or the relative who says insensitive things about your illness when you most need support?  Or the cable company that comes a week late?  This sketch reminds me of times like that.  Katt jokes about a disabled athlete who rises above his circumstances and has to deal with difficult people.

I love the physical humor Katt does and his brand of smart humor.  It’s like a lot of his humor comes from a place of deep pain.

What makes you laugh?

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Hi, I have five illnesses--bipolar disorder, myasthenia gravis (neuromuscular autoimmune disease), endometriosis, asthma, and psoriasis. Most of the organs in my body are affected. I'm dedicated to being a stylist for sick women. As someone who has experienced changes in my appearance due to my 12 meds (including Prednisone), I know how hard it can be when your face and body change overnight. (In fact, because of treatment, between 2008 to 2010, I went from a size 0 to a size 10. While I lost the weight, there are permanent changes in my face and body, which I've grown to appreciate.) My blog will also help women deal with other issues like surviving chronic pain and fatigue. Healthy people can also use this blog as a window into what life with illness is like. Let this website be a place where we can draw strength from each other despite our illnesses and find solutions to our everyday challenges!

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