I have a friend who was diagnosed with an aggressive stage 2 breast cancer while she was in the middle of a long, vicious divorce. Despite surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments, the cancer spread to her chest and neck and advanced to stage 4. She was 35. Her doctors told her she would not live long. Meanwhile, the divorce fight continued as she struggled to raise her little girl alone.
In the midst of her horrible crises, she discovered Norman Cousins and had an epiphany that she needed to laugh! She gorged her days with comedies and laughter to help her fight and eventually proved the doctors wrong. She even started her own non-profit to bring laughter to those fighting for their life which has become her purpose to this day. Now 20 years later, she is alive with no signs of cancer and happy.
As a physician, I try to teach my patients that what we think and what we feel is translated into chemicals that bathe our tissues and strengthen or weaken our bodies. It is a concept that can give us strength and so important to remember. It could even save your life. It saved my friend’s.