Things could be pretty gloomy and dull during the journey. But you know they say, ‘Laughter is the best medicine’. Here are a few lighthearted anecdotes and a quote to brighten your day!
- “During chemo, you’re more tired than you’ve ever been. It’s like a cloud passing over the sun, and suddenly you’re out. You don’t know how you’ll answer the door when your groceries are delivered. But you also find that you’re stronger than you’ve ever been. You’re clear. Your mortality is at optimal distance, not up so close that it obscures everything else, but close enough to give you depth perception. Previously, it has taken you weeks, months, or years to discover the meaning of an experience. Now it’s instantaneous.” ~Melissa Bank
- “When I heard I had cancer, I was so depressed, but that was nothing compared to having to eat my own cooking.”
- A woman with terminal cancer knows that God will help her get better. Early in her sickness, a surgeon proposes radical surgery. “No”, she says, “I don’t want to get mutilated and suffer pain. It’s not necessary, God will help me”. A while later, she sees a radiologist and he proposes radiation to treat the tumor, which by now is uncomfortably large. “No”, she says, “I don’t want radiation burns inside and out. It’s not necessary. God will help me.” A year later, the cancer has metastasized. It’s painful and she is referred to an oncologist. Chemotherapy is advised. “No”, she says, “I don’t want to be sick all the time and lose my hair as well. It’s not necessary. God will help me”. Soon after, she dies. She goes to Heaven and demands an audience with God. “Why didn’t you help me?,” she whines.”What do you mean? I sent you help three times: a surgeon, a radiologist and an oncologist. What more did you want?”
Imtina Khathing is a student of Communications at Mt Carmel College, Bangalore.