Friday, December 3, 2010
Nurse and Patient, Sharing Laughter
The New York Times had an article called Nurse and Patient, Sharing Laughter about how cancer patients use humor to cope with their circumstances. A registered nurse states how it is rare but there are the few patients that cope with the stress of cancer by cracking jokes. This article describes three particular patients who look on the bright side of life during their chemotherapy sessions which leave the doctors and nurses laughing hysterically. The carers for these patients are amazed to see how these patients remember laughter and can keep a positive, upbeat attitude during such a horrific time.
What concerns me with the thought of cancer patients constantly cracking jokes is that they may use humor as a defense mechanism in order to cover up the pain they feel inside from the fear of having the disease. When a person is not real with themselves and does not express the emotions that come along with life's circumstances, they can tend to miss important steps in the healing process which can negatively affect them down the road.