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Season 3 Episode 2: No Laughing Matter

No Laughing Matter


Alex and Mary return on the 4th Monday and their new schedule. This week they discuss humor, as deflection and a coping mechanism when dealing with trials and tribulations. Alex shares some personal experiences with humor in times of tragedy. Part of their research involved viewing the 1998 film Patch Adams, with Robin Williams, as well as several peer-reviewed articles and various related websites.



Episode Highlights

  • Welcome back! [0:31]

  • Check out our TikToks!! [0:46]

  • Patch Adams [1:33]

  • Robin Williams [1:53]

  • Deflection or Coping Mechanism [2:40]

  • Forget your troubles, come on, get happy! [4:40]

  • Using humor to deal with daily life [6:18]

  • Take your cue from the patient [8:12]

  • Physical benefits of laughing [9:10]

  • Laughter = internal jogging [10:05]

  • Swindle sisters’ laughter [11:20]

  • Inappropriate laughter? [12:13]

  • Humor and cancer [13:51]

  • Therapeutic humor [14:15]

  • Treating the whole patient [15:05]

  • Florence Nightingale [15:48]

  • Yay for nurses!! [16:35]

  • Recurrent ovarian cancer [18:00]

  • Chris Evert [18:25]

  • Genetic testing [19:30]

  • Thanks, Cancer! Insta [20:35]

  • New schedule reminder [23:45]

  • Please subscribe, like, and rate us [24:05]

  • Big news for World Cancer Day coming soon! [24:40]

  • Did Alex just admit her mama is right???? [25:17]

  • Thanks for listening! [25:55]

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Links Mentioned in the Episode

Christie, Wanda. “The Impact of Humor on Patients With Cancer.” Clinical journal of oncology nursing. 9.2 (2005): n. pag. Web.



Summary Keywords

Podcast, Spotify, Anchor, research, advocacy, humor, deflection, coping skills, World Cancer Day, Patch Adams, Robin Williams, Chris Evert, ovarian cancer, therapeutic humor, inappropriate humor



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