Laughter Is The Best Medicine


Have you ever been afraid to laugh?  When you go through something really difficult, all of a sudden laughter becomes this enormous thing in your life.

Thinking about the last time you laughed before the really difficult time in your life, when you were so innocent and didn’t know what was coming.

Measuring your laughter – have I laughed enough lately?  What is enough?

Noting your laughing – wow, it feels good to laugh again.

Unfortunately I know that many of you reading this have gone through a period in your life when you were afraid to laugh, when laughing was measured and noted.  I hear you.  I see you.  I think what I see in your eyes is that this gets easier, and I hope that is true for me and you.

My laughter when I am with Wes is fairly unmeasured and goes without noting.  It is essentially tangle free and very common with him.

Unless we are in the hospital, then I have to fight off the memories of laughing right before we got his diagnosis.  But each time we go to the hospital, and each time we laugh while we are there, those memories get easier to keep down.  Laughter is always more prevalent at the hospital when we have lots of company, so I am so grateful for my mom and my mother-in-law who come and sit with us for 6 hours each time Wes goes through chemo.


This picture is a bit fuzzy, but I love it anyway.  I love that my mom and Wes are giving each other the scrunchy nose face.  I hope it makes you laugh.








About grabafriend

I am 34, a mother of one sweet little 6 1/2 month old baby boy, wife of a social worker, trainer/walker/provider for 2 wonderful dogs, volunteer foster home for a Min Pin Rescue (, co-owner of two doggie daycares in Madison WI (, and part owner in a giant behemoth of a pontoon boat. Yep, think that's all the labels I can affix to myself. I am blogging about my journey to get in the best shape of my life from 9/1/12 to 10/1/13, and bring my friends along for the ride by asking them to pick a month and focus on some healthy activity with me.

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  1. Hope your laughter on Global Belly Laugh Day,January 24 helps. I imagine Wes can do this – on January 24 at 1:24 p.m.(local time) smile, throw your arms in the air and laugh out loud. Join the Belly Laugh Bounce Around the World. Blessings to all of you.

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