Laughing in the Face of Cancer: ONS Member Shares Mother’s Comical Reflections on Being a Patient
American author Kurt Vonnegut once wrote, “Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. . . . I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” Humor has the ability to sooth and heal, and humor often makes grim situations feel brighter and less daunting. Moments affixed with tragedy, grief, loss, and terror can often soften in time, allowing for understanding, acceptance, and sometimes even laughter.
Helping Patients Live Beyond Their Cancer Diagnosis
For more than 14 million Americans, a cancer diagnosis is something they live with everyday. While some may just be embarking on their cancer journey, many others have completed their trek and are living beyond their cancer diagnosis. For those patients, they experienced the joy and relief that came with finally finishing their treatments. However, there often can be uncertainty when patients consider their lives after cancer. Sometimes, many are left wondering, “What happens next?”
The Case of the Dietary Dilemma
Cicely, who is being treated for stage III colon cancer, has lost seven pounds between her first and second cycles of chemotherapy. She admits to Julie, an outpatient oncology nurse, that her nausea is well controlled but she just doesn’t feel like cooking meals anymore. What Would you do?