Humor about my tumor.

I know, cancer is horrible monster. And there is nothing funny about it.
But somehow – even in the deepest despair – we are able to find some humor…
This what happened to me. Five years ago.

The Doctor told me: “You have a golf ball size tumor right in the middle in your chest”.
Ouch!
The sky fall over me.
After the shock come total numbness.
But few hours later i told the Doctor: “Doc, maybe I just swallowed the golf ball?”
And he said:” You know, if you can joke about that, you are going to survive it.”
Well, he was right…

Later that day I told my Friend about my ordeal.
And she said:” If you get Chemo, you are going to loose your hair.”
And I told her:” That’s okay, I never liked my hair anyway”.

Few weeks later I was waiting for my radiation treatment and I met this young woman.
She asked me: “You have a Brest cancer?”
I said: “No. I can’t have a Brest cancer, because my Brest is very small”.
She said:” C’mon, even man can have a Brest cancer”.
I said:”I know, but I’m a woman”.
She laughed and said: “I know, you are a volunteer”.
I looked at her and said:” C’mon, Who will volunteer to have cancer?”
And we laugh, and laugh and cry a little…

And than, after one month of Chemo and Radiation treatments I got very sick.
My esophagus and lung was burned by to strong Radiation…
I was in terrible pain. It felt almost like I will swallowed burning charcoal…
When I cam to see the Doctor, the nice receptionist asked me:”How you doing today,Anna?”
I whispered:”Horrible. I’m in pain. I’m burned here”… I pointed to my chest.
She asked:”When this hurts?”
“When I’m laughing to much.” I whispered…
And we laugh, and we hug, and we cry little..

Well, this was five years ago.
And I’m still laughing and crying and hugging anyone who needs a hug.
I’m alive!
And I love every minute of it!

God Bless you all.
❀ & πŸ™‚ .
Oneanna65

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176 thoughts on “Humor about my tumor.

  1. Having a great sense of humor has always been a great coping mechanism. The only way to get through tough times with a little sanity left over at the end! Congrats on giving cancer a good throat punch!

  2. God did not want us to suffer with any diseases. He created the Cannabis plant which contains 100’s of unique molecules that mysteriously mimic human molecules.

    Unfortunately “greed” kept it a secret. I hope you read all the post on my blog. Think about it, 1 plant can cure cancer, ALZ, MS, Siezure and the list goes on!

    If that charcoal should darken your door step….trust in God’s medicine. God bless you πŸ‘ΌπŸ»

  3. Oh Anna, I would love to give you a big hug right now. But I have to send you a virtual one. So here it comes…I am squeezing love from me to you…right now! You are very loved as you do what you have to do to get by. Lots of love…Karen x

  4. Humor can help get you through a lot of life. Stay with it if you can. I understand what you are going through. You see my ex-wife had ovarian cancer and I saw her go from a strong woman to a frail little woman with the strength of a small child. When she succumbed to the disease her whole body was nothing but bones. It is a sad way to pass on. Very sad indeed. I hope the best for you always.

  5. Thank you for sharing. The only way I could approach my breast cancer in 08 was with humor. People wondered if I had lost my mind. Everyone has to deal with cancer in their own way. For those of us that choose humor, don’t scorn us. We know it’s serious.

  6. Yes, you are right, “A merry heart doth good like a medicine.” As you have said and as I would like to say in so many words, it is always best to submit ourselves to God in these matters and not submit ourselves to the illness. The bottom line in all of this is to kiss the feet of Jesus and not to kiss the feet of the illness. Jesus is always there to see us through, to help us all find a way through and one day out of the dark woods that we find ourselves in.

  7. testicular cancer in my case. same naive and humorous approach to the therapy. 3 cycles chemo, 2 operations… all that 18 years ago… πŸ™‚
    probably without knowing you did the best, probably even the only right, thing. very happy for you… love life, laugh life… πŸ™‚

  8. Loved this post. I laughed & cried. I started going to school in September to be a medical assistant. I learned so much from my parents being sick and it was so hard, that I wanted to help others not be so overwhelmed with the chaos of dealing with a severe illness.

    I’m glad you have a sense of humor. You know laughing adds minutes to your life so you’re going to live forever! Ha ha ha! In all seriousness, this totally reminded me of my teacher. She was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2011 and decided to go ahead and get a double mastectomy. It’s vain, but understandable why many women are not willing to take that leap, but I applaud her decision. Love the fact that she is always cracking jokes about them being gone or the fake ones that she rarely wears.

  9. Reblogged this on Naples Girl Blog and commented:
    I hate cancer. I will never understand how we can figure out how to send man into space walk around on the moon, and return to Earth, but yet we can’t find a cure for cancer.

    While we continue to wait, there are those survivors who make us stronger and give us hope. Anna is one of them.

  10. You are definitely my kind of person! Love the humor…. who says serious is righteous? I just talked to my doctor on the phone; not great news. My answer? “Screw it, I’m going fishing!”

  11. I too had cancer. It was great to read your post. I like to refer to myself as a cancer warrior. I do not say I am a survivor because on some level that turns me into a victim, something I definitely am not. Keep up your wonderful writing.

  12. My dear friend Anna,
    I am sending you a lot of hugs and laughter from Athens, Greece.
    Stay safe and God bless you and your family!
    Megas Konstantinos

  13. my dear, oops, i meant to say, ‘our grand queen!’
    what a gift you are, and you surely spread your humor to those who need it most!

    sinice july i’ve been offline for most of each week; i am on my friends’ property so that she can try to kick her own variant of cancer. they moved back to the usa, and i am there til the property sells. anyway, i drive to town (half an hour on 4wd roads) once or twice a week for supplies and wifi.. then return to the property.

  14. Oh, what a sweet, tender, and endearing post! Thank you so much for sharing! I am also a firm believer that laughter can help us through even the most difficult of times. Keep laughing! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Take care.

  15. I named my chemo pump Richard, and would complain to people about how he’s always coming between my hubby and me… How he’s too clingy (attached to my chest port) and always whining (the noise they make as they pump the chemo) and on the last day of chemo I proclaimed that I was getting a divorce (from “Richard”) Humor is the only way to handle it! Congrats

  16. May God bless you and keep you strong. Stay positive and keep your sense of humor. I will pray for you.
    Thank you for taking time to read and like my blog, Reflections of a Lay Catholic.com.

  17. Oh, yes! Humor! It kept me alive since 2000 when I was diagnosed with diabetes, the fifth of my six incurable diseases. I am also a cancer survivor since 1983. So I have had a lot to laugh at. And I believe you are right to never let the iron weights sink you to the bottom. Humor floats you back to the top.

  18. I am so happy you dropped by my blog and I got a chance to come and read this post. You seem like a very strong person. Keep up that spirit. It’s so inspiring to read this post. Thank you! Life is unpredictable but that unpredictability makes it mysterious and beautiful. Good luck my friend! Keep posting your stories. πŸ™‚

  19. You’re amazing! As my dear mom used to say, “Attitude is everything!” She lived ’til 92 having had cancer and congestive heart failure… laughing ’til the end. She played bridge two weeks before she died – and won. Gosh I miss her.

  20. Oh Anna…

    I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer too.. ( In 2009) I had suffered for about 4 years …but I was healed miraculously the same day doctor found out the tumors.. I was very fortunate..

    Hugs and prayers,
    Carol

  21. Greetings from the sisterhood of Survivors!
    Your humor warmed my heart today. You so VERY MUCH remind me of my late Aunt and her humor, even in the face of her Breast cancer. She ignored her warning signs for too long and ultimately lost that battle. Even so, we had a glorious laugh about her sitting on a “jelly donut” πŸ™‚ (She had lost too much weight and her tailbone hurt her so doc put her on a gell-filled donut).
    Continued blessings of life and humor I pray for you!

  22. I had a fun group back then that had shirts that said Cancer, we’ve done drugs Keith Richards has never heard of! You’re right, if you don’t laugh you’ll cry… But it’s good to cry. Clears out the soul sludge and restores your strength!

  23. My cousin who is now 86, was diagnosed with single side breast cancer a few years ago, at age 79. She called to tell me and asked me if she should get measured for a single-breasted suit? She kept her humor and did well after giving up one breast. I believe in humor. Have you indulged in some funny movies, while you are recuperating from chemo?

  24. Five years is 1825 days to get up and enjoy life. I had cancer 32 years ago. That’s 11680 days! I got to meet my grandchildren and my son is taking me to Ireland and Scotland this fall. I have my dream 5 acres in the mountain. Live and laugh! Take every hug you can get. HUG HUG HUG

  25. How are u doing now, my dear lady? Just wondering if you’re ok… My comment from Dec. 14th is still awaiting moderation. But besides that I wish you a Happier and Healthier New Year! ❀

  26. I love this! I’m so inspired! Thank you for sharing your pain, tears, joy, & laughter! It not only helps you but helps others who may be struggling or in a dark place. ❀ I'm so happy you are doing well. πŸ˜€ Hugs & love to you!

  27. There once was a lady in chemo,
    Who thought she’d dress up her esteemo,
    She practically died,
    She nearly outcried.
    But her cancer dried,
    While wet by tears of pride
    Because of her outstanding humor.

    For you, poorly formatted, but I was laughing hard myself.
    Ann WJ White

  28. I love this post and can really relate to it. We are 6 years out from my husbands cancer treatment. He had 7 weeks of radiation and chemo. We were told he had no hope and here he is still. We laughed at every opportunity even when we felt like crying and I think it helped us immensely to get through it. Stay strong, keep smiling and most of all keep laughing. There is a light at the end of the tunnel (and no it’s not a train lol)

  29. “A cheerful heart is good medicine,but a crushed spirit dries up the bones…Prov 17:22
    “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?” Prov 18:14
    Keep fighting the good fight of faith…

  30. How revealing and courageous is your testimony. To find the humor in your situation is to say “cancer may have a hold, but I’ve got grip.” Keep sharing your story and helping others get through this aspect of a serious life event. You encourage yourself and others. I thoroughly enjoyed this post and yes, you are very humorous.

  31. I have been surviving my condition for 14 years now, and last year I had my first near death experience. For me humour is the only way forward, everyday there is something to laugh about.. or poke fun at myself, my carers find it hard to believe that I can be so cheerful, but without that laugh, life would be no more than waiting for the inevitable.. It’s hard but keep your chin up, and make each day special..

  32. Darling Girl, Thanks for checking in with me. I recently came down with vertigo and it’s hard to keep my chin up as I try to live a normal life. Be well and keep those laughs a’comin. Love from a really old friend, Charmaine Gordon. It’s not easy growing old but it’s better that the alternative

  33. I LOVED this post! Thank you for showing everyone the power of laughter and keeping a positive attitude. I’ve now read a few of your other posts and look forward to reading many more. They always make me smile! Thanks for visiting my blog. It’s so important to learn from each other, strengthen each other, and share what we’ve learned as we journey through life. Hugs!

  34. Hi my lady wife has had a pituitary Tumour for at least 20 years and it likes her very much. It was surgically removed in 2001 when it reached 1″ diameter, 3 months later it back and was irradiated with a massive single dose of stereo-tactic radiation and it is still here. Sleeping, but here.

  35. I hope u have victory over the cancer. I’ve heard that medical cannabis, especially edibles rather than smoked, attacks tumors. I also believe a vegan diet helps fight cancers or at least strengthens immune systems. Thanks for liking my vegansamurai articles. Stay strong:)

  36. Praise God! I chose not to do Chemo and God healed me with building up my immune system, instead of tearing it down with Chemo. I hope and pray I can help many others, even if the WOULD chose Chemo it is always good to have a great immune system to start with. We are blessed to have had cancer because so many see it as insurmountable giant od dispair and laughter is the best medicin anyway.

  37. This has hit a spot for me, I can relate so much.

    When I was told I would lose my hair, I said “That’s good as my barbers prices have gone up and I can save money!”….

    After being diagnosed with a blood related cancer, I found it hilarious that the Chelsea football scarf I had on my wall said “It’s in the blood”

    When I needed my hips replaced, I said “Oh well, if I get titanium they’ll be lighter going up hills when I am riding my bike”

    Humour gets us through dark times. I think it’s a sign of strong character.

  38. Oh my god , I think you are amazing and an inspiration ! 22 years ago we lost our dad to cancer and recently our mum (hence the blog) and like you , we dealt with cancer with Humour . We would laugh and joke along the way but that was us as a family. I really admire you , and the person you are . I wish you all the best in life and keep blogging because your blog is the light in people’s darkest times x

  39. I am a five year Breast Cancer Survivor, too, and besides Jesus, sense of humor got me through. I think we are kindred spirits! God bless ya!

    PS. I went through chemo but didn’t lose my hair…. it is in a baggie in my desk drawer! πŸ˜€ Seriously!

  40. Thank you for sharing! I haven’t dealt with anything like cancer in my own life, but reading this and seeing your wonderful spirit definitely helps put my struggles in perspective. I hope I can learn to face life (cancer or no) like you have!

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