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Get Well Cards

Posted by Frederick Wasti
May 15 2012

I have received a number of delightful "get well" cards (and "hang in there" cards, etc.) over the last couple of months (since just before my clinical trial started), and they have ~all~ been greatly appreciated. Some of them have been personally and sensitively supportive, while some of the others are just plain funny. But humor is very helpful in keeping up morale (which, of course, is why some very thoughtful people have been sending cleverly funny cards to me).

Here's just one example - A number of weeks ago I stated in this blog:

"Another strategy for helping the kidneys during treatment is to force a lot of saline solution ('Ringer's solution') intravenously while the anti-leukemia chemicals are being infused. The result is that, although I do literally spend hours in an infusion chair when at Dana-Farber, I can vouch for the fact that I also spend part of that time trucking back and forth to and from the rest room, wheeling my infusion bags and infusion pumps behind me - <g>. (Quite an image, eh?)"

Well, here's the image on the front of one recently received card -


But, funny cards can be "inspirational", too - here are some of the "words of wisdom" gleaned from a small sampler of just some of them:

"On the highway of life, there are bound to be some bumps in the road..." -- "...along with crater-sized potholes, backed-up construction traffic, and that one jerk who always cuts you off. (But anyway, you'll get through it.)"

"4 out of 5 doctors want you to get well immediately." -- "That fifth one thinks you might still have a couple bucks somewhere."

"You better get well." -- "There aren't that many people I like."

"They say you learn the most from your most difficult experiences." -- "What a stupid system."

"One day, you'll look back on all this with the wisdom that distance bestows, and you'll say..." -- "Wow, that sucked."

"When life hands you lemons, make lemonade." -- "But, when life hands you a load of crap, don't make anything. Trust me on this one."

"People who think laughter is the best medicine apparently have never had morphine." -- "Take your drugs and get well."

Actually, rather than the age-old adage that "laughter is the best medicine", ~I~ like to think that "Belly Laughs are the Best Medicine".

And finally, if that image above wasn't funny enough by itself, the caption inside simply "nailed it" - <g> -

HAR !!!

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