Once in a while, when one is able to lift one's head from the merry-go-round of treatment cycles, the disease, the treatment and the hospital can actually provide some occasions for laughter. Here are some of mine; do write in with yours and we'll build the fun!


You know you are a cancer patient:

  • When WBC, CBC, RBC, all begin to make sense to you.
  • When you wished you had paid more attention to biology classes in school.
  • When you know so many people, equipment, and corridors in the hospital, that you can comment, about how a weighing machine was moved from this corner to that.
  • When you Brylcreem the heck out of a wig
  • When you disentangle yourself from a clothesline and leave....without your hair!
  • When you imagine yourself to be a celebrity rushing away from paparazzi but are only clutching your hat, your wig and sundry other accessories as you navigate the sudden blast of wind from a random, well-directed fan.
  • When you explain to your baffled sister, who is wondering why the hospital is paging kimonos and tut-tutting the inappropriateness of this on a public address system, that they were actually calling for the Chemo Nurse!
  • When you set out feeling on top of the world with eyebrows meticulously drawn only to have the Chennai perspiration turn you into a one-eyebrowed creature.
  • When you give constructive feedback to ensure privacy of the patient and come back much later to find it perfectly implemented for the attender.
  • When it's your turn to follow an obviously devout patient at the Radiation room and you sincerely hope to leverage any lingering benefits of a sanctified place.
  • When Murphy comes to visit exactly when you need to be completely still for targeted radiation therapy and you use all your will power to triumph over that pesky itch/sneeze in the interest of protecting your organs.
  • When you bend an aluminum hanger with your bare hands easily (which you cannot do typically), you know you are under the influence of performance enhancing drugs (steroids).
  • When your family has received a ballistic earful from you,  they exchange a twinkle and mutter - the steroid is kicking in; let's get out of the way.



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Comments: 2
  • #1

    dr. senthil kumar (Thursday, 02 February 2012 13:05)

    nice comments . great keep your spirit up

  • #2

    Harry (Wednesday, 16 May 2012 11:45)

    Good one....but i feel these comments could have been localized....