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News Archive - Progress Newsletter Winter 2002 Online
Humor and Cancer? Don't Make Me Laugh
Lila Green, three-year ovarian cancer survivor and humor educator, shared her perspective on humor and cancer with the faculty and staff of the U-M Cancer Center at two special presentations honoring the four-year anniversary of the opening of the Cancer Center building this past May.
"Cancer is a bumpy journey, and I have found that humor helps to smooth the road," Lila Green told the standing-room-only crowd of Cancer Center staff and faculty who had helped her through her treatments. During treatment, Ms. Green gave her health care providers permission to laugh with her - not at her. She shared tips for adding a light touch to everyone's personal and professional lives:
Humor helps give perspective - it gives distance. "It's like changing a baby's diaper," said Ms. Green. "It doesn't solve the problem, but it sure makes things better for the moment."
Gift of Laughter at Survivors' Day
Humor was also the topic at the Cancer Center's annual Survivors' Day celebration, Sunday, June 10, at Washtenaw Community College. National champion juggler, author and cancer survivor Scott Burton brought his one-man show Looking for Laughter in All the Wrong Places to the celebration. Having been there, Burton believes the gift of laughter helps cancer survivors feel normal and see their lives as precious. "I felt, and still do, each moment laughing is a moment you are - if only for a second - in love with life."