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Humor is the Best Coping Mechanism
from C.J.

Hey ED!  I've been checking in with your fabulous site for a couple of weeks now and thought I'd get in touch.

I've been "flaky" in one form or another since I was twelve (thirty now). This includes periods of hospitalization at times of 90% coverage. Thankfully this is old news. Right now I'm sitting on 90% clear.  I react very well to the PUVA. Sadly the remissions are short but I can’t complain. Your site helps with that.

It's most encouraging to read about the shared experiences and the shared hardships. I can bitch and whine with the best of them but I can see that if you have to have this crazy P I've got off easy in comparison.

The humor evident throughout your site and in readers’ submissions is excellent and really the best coping mechanism.

I'm a Corrections Officer ( prison guard ) at a maximum security centre here in B.C. Canada. Believe me: humor IS the best coping mechanism.

I digress, mainly wanted to say thanks for the resource of information and support. Keep it up and I'll keep checking it out.  Thank You and Regards, -C.J.

*****

Ed’s Response:  Can I quote you on that, C.J.?  Humor is the best coping mechanism.  The National Psoriasis Foundation (U.S.) has asked me to speak at their upcoming conference in Orlando on the subject — posed as a question — Is Laughter the Best Medicine?  I think it is.  As a manic-depressive friend of mine once said, “It’s hard to slit your wrists when you’re racked with laughter.”  Is that funny?  Well, this was uttered with a straight face followed, after a perfect pregnant unblinking pause, by an ear-to-ear grin.  We laughed together.

I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I’m going to say in Orlando, but I know “humor as a state of mind” has got to be a part of it.  Jokes aren’t the best medicine (though I’d swear Woody Allen has cured some of what has ailed me).  Humor is a way of looking at things, a sometimes deliberate, sometimes accidental spin that ignites smiling and laughter.  For the rest of it ... well, we'll just have to wait and see (but all of you have submitted items for the “Don’t Say This" page here at FlakeHQ:  Remember the disclaimer.  I’m allowed to use your stuff!).

C.J., you don’t have what most people would consider a humor-engendering career.  So, hearing you confirm my belief — that laughter is the best medicine — is a powerful endorsement.  Thanks!  Your timing is impeccable.  -Ed

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