So, what is ‘MS a funny thing (well..sometimes)’?
it’s a book, in the making, of stories about funny things which have happened to MSers, precisely because of their MS. Each story is illustrated by Olga Hendel, a professional artist, who has a close family friend who has been physically very disabled by MS.
The book aims to:
Bring smiles to the faces of as many people with MS as possible and to their families, friends and carers.
Benefit from laughter as a therapy. Not only can laughter decrease stress hormones, increase immune cells, relieve physical tension and stress, relax your muscles, increase your blood flow, but also trigger the release of endorphins - the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. No wonder it’s clinically approved!
In light-hearted way, promote greater understanding of the difficulties MS can cause for us (and our helpers) who are having to help us cope with daily living.
Celebrate the courage of MSers for being able to make light of their difficulties.
Bring a sense of satisfaction and achievement to the authors from seeing their efforts make a positive difference.
Raise some money for MS charities so they can do even more to help people with MS.
But to do so we need your stories!
Don’t worry if you don’t feel able, or want to write up your story, I’ll give you whatever help you need. If can’t think of anything to write about, then to get inspiration have a look at the ‘Your stories so far’ and ‘Searching for inspiration?’ sections of the website. If you’re still uncertain, then don’t hesitate to contact me and I GUARANTEE we’ll come up with something great!
Nigel Bartram (Primary Progressive MS)
"While it is vital to take our health seriously, I believe we must also try to find laughter and lightness. Sharing our stories and laughter together is a wonderful therapy in recovering from any illness."
"It takes courage for people to tell their personal stories in such a way as to see the funny side of it, but doing that we are not only free ourselves but we can also help others and ease their burdens too."
Dr. Keryn Taylor
MSer, Consultant Psychiatrist, University Melbourne Hospital, research includes research interests include the psychological adjustment to physical illness.
Dr Craig Hassed
Monash University Faculty of Medicine and internationally renowned speaker on mind-body medicine in medical practice.