Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Diabetes humor site is forerunner in patient laugh therapy

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Let's face it, disease is no laughing matter. It many times ushers in times of great distress and emotional tumult, leaving families and friends in its devastating wake. Still, there are some situations where one of the best coping mechanisms available is to simply allow yourself a good laugh. Call it the healing power of laughter, if you will.

That's the prevailing sentiment over at the popular humor website LOL Diabetes (www.loldiabetes.com). As an offshoot of the popular diabetes patient web blog Six Until Me (www.sixuntilme.com), this site allows readers to submit humorous photos, stories, videos, etc. that are related to diabetes and, most importantly, funny. And sometimes they can get REALLY funny.

The best part of this site is that it brings together people with diabetes -- and the loved ones of those with the disease -- and allows them to decompress a little bit. Let their guard down, even. Type-2 diabetes affects nearly 21 million people living in the United States alone, and close to 3 million people have type-1. These are big numbers; and the disease carries with it the possibility of additional physical complications. So, to have the ability to let off some steam and release some stress once and a while is certainly a good thing.

As far as I could tell, there are not any other LOL sites on the web that were related to a disease. If you know of any, please let us know.

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