Ever laughed so hard you cried? or wet your pants? or couldn’t breathe? Well when it comes to cancer, laughter – genuine laughter – makes things seem not so serious. Sure you have to keep your head in the game, but we all need a good laugh every now and then.
While Scott was in Houston he was alone for about two weeks while I had to go home for work. During these 2 weeks Scott had to find something to do to pass the time, so he found a show that he watched every day – Impractical Jokers. A show where four friends dare each other to do off the wall activities. Take a look at one of Scott’s personal favorites: The Supermarket Balloon Assault
We would FaceTime just about everyday and I’m telling you he laughed so hard while we are talking that I thought he was crying. He couldn’t put two words together through the lack of oxygen he was receiving through his laughter. When I say he laughed like this at every episode, I’m being 100% honest. It made me feel like everything was going to be ok. He was happy. Seeing your loved one happy and hearing their genuine laughter gives you hope that everything might just be alright.
Sure we’ve all had a good laugh like this maybe once or twice in our lives, but Scott’s laugh was on the daily. I don’t know much on the statistics between laughter and curing cancer, but I do believe they are connected in some way. Some cancer centers even offer Laughter Therapy as a complementary treatment. Scott didn’t do laughter therapy through the hospital, but thankfully he found his own way to laugh – he found joy.
When you are going through a tough time in your life, try to find your joy. Yes, it might be hard to think about being happy when everything in your life feels like it is falling apart, but try as hard as you can. Dig deep. Persevere. Laugh.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3