Thursday, January 27, 2011

Laughter is the Best Medicine

I've always heard the term "Laughter is the best medicine". For Monster Man, this is definitely the case. He always prefers to find the humor in the worst of situations, whenever possible, rather than to dwell on the negatives in a situation. He has also been known to use the humor to educate others about Tourette Syndrome.

I have talked to several people that want to keep Tourette Syndrome a serious thing. They cannot stand for the slightest joke to be cracked, for inappropriate comments to be made, etc. Monster Man, on the other hand, laughs along with the comments and then takes the opportunity to say things like "That's not how everyone with TS is" or "It's not really like that". He finds, as do I, that there are times that humor can be an important tool in educating and spreading the word about Tourette Syndrome.

Humor can be used to explain what life with TS is like, to ease his self-consciousness when his tics are at their worst in public, and to help overcome some of his anxiety issues. No, it's not appropriate to make fun of someone with Tourettes, but - as Monster Man has learned - you can take a negative situation (if you're put in that situation) and turn it into something positive.

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