What’s So Funny About Cancer?

Y’all know that I can find the funny in anything.


The worse things are, the more I am compelled to laugh. It’s definitely my father’s DNA running through me and I’m grateful for it.

Throughout my life, my ill-timed laughter has been misunderstood by a few, but I find it to be a normal reaction to stress that should be embraced as long as it doesn’t harm others. Better than full blown hysteria, right?

Turns out there’s plenty funny about cancer.

What's SO Funny About Cancer?

What’s So Funny About Cancer?

* Dexter and I greet Garry at the door when he comes home from work. Until Garry got used to seeing me bald, he said he would think, “Who’s the bald dude in my house with my dog?”

* Chemo brain is defined as an extreme forgetfulness while going through treatments. Mine is so profound we call it The Drunks. Garry’s job is keeping his “drunk” wife straight. Lots of “who’s on first” convos between us.

* Maybe I actually forgot that thing I was supposed to do, maybe I can’t recall, maybe I’m actually drunk (not. even. close.), or maybe it’s easier to blame The Drunks. Either way, I’m golden!

* So much poop talk. Have I? Will I? Can I? Poop talk = always funny.

* Shocking myself (still) every time I see my reflection in a mirror, followed by a squeal of surprise, then laughing at the “new” revelation that I’m still bald.

* Having pre-cancer Judgy McJudgison issues with people who make smacking noises while they eat and then turning into the biggest smacker of all time because chemo screws with my mouth making it near to impossible to eat without smacking the week following treatment. Oh, karma!

* Giving naughty names to side-effects that are of the more private nature. Oh behave!

* Having Sweet E tell his daddy: Choochie got a bad haircut!

* Being compared to J. K. Simmons, the Farmer’s Insurance commercial actor.

What's So Funny About Cancer?

* Being told I get a “puss pass” on workouts because, you know, I have cancer. Puss pass…get that out of your head!

* Wearing a ball cap while running errands, only to discover after I return home that it has shifted on my bald head to a weirdo angle that now makes me look like a sad older gangsta wannabe, yo.

* Babies see me as one of them. Bald = mah hommie!

All this silliness and I’m not finished with treatments! I imagine there will be more to add to the last with each week that passes.

It makes me immensely happy that the laughter in our house hasn’t waned. Thank God. Even with cancer occupying so much space in our lives these days, there’s still plenty to bring us to tears almost every day and we take full advantage of the moment.

Misunderstood or not, I’m gonna keep on laughing.

I hope you join me.

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  1. A good attitude goes a long way when you are sick. You’ve got that part down!

  2. You are such an inspiration. I love your attitude. Your post made me laugh out loud. And you look adorable even bald! Puss pass. LOL.

    • HA! Puss pass makes me laugh every time! The funny thing about this pic is that it was right after Garry gave me the worst haircut ever. Today…I’m baldie bald.

  3. Axiesdad aka Bob says

    I’m so looking forward to when you start writing those stories about “back when I had cancer.” You’ll be even funnier then.

  4. I love your spirit! When people ask me how I keep it together I tell them I can laugh or I can cry. And who wants to see me cry, right!? You are in my prayers. Keep on laughing!

  5. Janet Jenkins says

    I wish I had the same capacity as you to find something to laugh at when it all goes south. I am going to work on that cause its awesome. #youareaninspiration

  6. Poop talk is definitely always funny talk in my opinion! I am happy to hear that y’all are laughing in your household. You have such a good spirit. I know if we ever meet, we would have some pretty spectacular conversations…Pee in your pants kind of funny! XOXO

    • We’re big fans of the pee your pants convos around here. Matter of fact, we had one today and had to take a minute to catch our breath! (don’t forget cobbler…we’d have that too!)

  7. LMAO at the “Bad Haircut”

    You know what they say… A Merry Heart does good like medicine… or something like that. You’re on heck of a woman!

  8. Beautiful attitude Patti! You humble me. Tight hugs, much love and continued prayers sent your way!

  9. So refreshing! Seems that you are really living the best advice anyone can get on making it through any kind of crisis: “one day at a time, just one at a time!”

  10. Kaye Swain says

    What an awesome attitude. As I tell my senior mom, when she’s have a bad day (different issues, but very frustrating for her), we gotta laugh so we don’t cry. A merry heart is my fave med! Thanks for the sweet smiles and the lovely visit via the Grand Social! Praying for you too! 🙂


  11. Tears of laughter over the hat and gansta wannabe!! Still chuckling! You’re awesome!! Saying hello with virtual hugs from Creativity Unleashed!!
    Kristine 🙂 @ blueblanket21.com

  12. Girl, just wait til whatever is gonna grow in grows in!! Wooly curls for many!

  13. Love ya, Patti Tucker! Thanks for the beautiful post. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

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