Recently a woman in my laughter club came up to me and thanked me for the laughter club and told me how much it had meant to her. She had breast cancer 1 year ago and came to the St Louis Laughter Club right after completing treatment.
We cheered her on as her hair came back in! She told me that the laughter part of the group was great but the sense of community she had gained has been just as important. She then shared with me that she had no family support, was divorced and all alone and was not a churchgoer. The laughter club has provided her with a sense of community.
I was thrilled with what she told me! My main purpose in starting a laughter club 5 years ago was as a place of health and healing and to see if we could create a sense of community. I had succeeded!! There are many studies and articles talking about the importance of family and friends and community to help you when you are ill. All of that is true but what if you don’t have that support? What are you supposed to do? I wanted a laughter club to create a sense of community for myself after my own cancer treatment. The laughter club has the ability to provide a caring laughter community. About half of the core members of our laughter club are cancer survivors. Having a weekly laughter club has been one of the best things I have done!
And the woman who shared her comments with me? She is cancer free so far and has invited the club to have a laughter yoga day at her farm this spring!
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