Epilepsy & Laughter: RX For Humor

“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” Lord Byron


In the very beginning of my journey of my epilepsy diagnosis, I was overwhelmed with many emotions. We as an entire family were. Fear, worry, confusion even frustration at times. This was a major medical diagnosis that had fell out of the sky and landed right in the middle of our lives out of seemingly nowhere. We all had some adjusting to do.

For a lengthy stretch of time, I lived in my reality of epilepsy. Taking seizure medication “x” amount of times a day, experiencing the side effects of the medication uncomfortably, counting the number of things that I could not do on one, no two hands, now that I had epilepsy. Finally, enough was enough. Life was way too beautiful to stay rooted in mud. I wanted my life back. A much brighter more fulfilling life.

I was posed with a thought. A question rather. Is it okay to find humor in a tragedy that happens within life, especially those we most definitely realize are no laughing matter? See, I believe having a bit of a comedic approach to your epilepsy can make things a whole lot lighter. If you can include humor within your life, it is without a shadow of a doubt medicinal.

Within my own personal journey, I’m sure to keep a lighthearted spirit. I always find that humor reduces stress and helps me to always have a positive outlook going forward.

Health Benefits Of Laughter

  • Reduces Stress/Anxiety
  • Stimulates an increase of blood flow and oxygenation in the body
  • Natural way to exercise various muscle groups in the body
  • Beneficial in increasing health-enhancing hormones
  • Beneficial in improving memory and mood
  • Helps to control high blood pressure
  • Boosts immune system
  • Reduces risk of cancer

Humor can be like walking a tightrope however. It may unintentionally upset or offend someone who is struggling or going through a difficult time within their journey and it is important to take this into consideration with compassion. Oftentimes, evidence has revealed that teens and young adults could perhaps be the most open to including light humor into your daily life.

No matter how old you are, humor can have real healing potential apart from helping with coping. Did you know that The American Cancer Society acknowledges humor therapy (also known as laugh therapy) as a complementary and alternative treatment for cancer? I know that’s a whole other ballpark, however that’s pretty awesome if you ask me!  While they point out that there’s no scientific evidence that laughter can cure cancer or any condition, it can help to “improve quality of life, offer pain relief, encourage relaxation and reduce stress,” and possibly even stimulate the circulatory and immune systems (along with other systems in the body). Wow! How awesome is that? Write me a prescription for humor!

The real life situation of an epilepsy diagnosis can be awfully and painfully hurtful, yes its true. There is no denying that. However, if we can take moments in our lives to have a good laugh with family, friends, those who are on the same journey along with us, it can sure make things a whole lot easier. It can lift a heavy weight that presses down heavy on our hearts, minds and spirits.

Who/what gives you a good laugh along your journey? Share in the comment section!

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