Even hat shopping can be a hilarious experience for Jean Ann Hentjes. The Sioux Falls woman tries to live life to the fullest, despite her circumstances.
"I've just heard and read so many places where humor is such an important part of keeping your body healthy," Hentjes said.
Hentjes was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in June 2011. After a complete hysterectomy, six rounds of chemotherapy and 25 radiation treatments, doctors believed the cancer was gone. It retuned though last September.
"I'll tell you when it was devastating--when it came back, when I had went through all the treatments, and things were good," Hentjes said.
Hentjes didn't let the diagnosis get her down for long.
"I'll tell people if they're getting kind of negative, I don't have time for negativity," Hentjes said.
Hentjes is not alone in using humor to get through cancer. In fact, an event this week called "Please Send Hats" aims to get those going through a difficult experience to laugh.
"If I hadn't laughed at 50 percent of what was going on, I would have gone insane," Laura Clark Hansen said.
Laura Clark Hansen is the speaker at the event. She's a survivor of ovarian cancer.
"What we take a look at is the common experiences that people who experience cancer have, whether it's above or below the belt," Hansen said.
Research shows that laughter can help relieve physical or emotional stress and discomfort; along with improve sleep and relationships. As Hansen knows, all of those aspects can be impacted when battling cancer.
"Changing friends, how do you handle work," Clark Hansen said.
Which is why these two women are adding a little laughter to their lives.
For more information follow the link: http://www.avera.org/experience/avera_calendar/avera-calendar-results-detail/?eventId=b0eb62f4-5bcc-e211-af5d-001ec9e06176