Laughter Is The Best Medicine

| Working | March 18, 2014

(My mother has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. I’m in grad school and I decide to skip a few classes to be with her for the week. Fortunately, she makes a full recovery. One of the highlights of the week is a phone conversation with a nurse at the hospital, who needs to get my mother’s medical history.)

Nurse: “Have you ever had heart disease?”

Mother: “No.”

Nurse: “Lung disease?”

Mother: “No.”

Nurse: “Arthritis?”

Mother: “No.”

Nurse: “Psychiatric disorders?”

Mother: “No.”

Nurse: “Cancer?”

Mother: “… Well, not until last Tuesday!”

(The nurse was horrified and kept apologizing, but on our end, no one could stop laughing.)

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