Anyone who’s watched a loved one undergo cancer treatment knows the feeling of complete powerlessness than can creep up. You want to do whatever you can for the person whose life is in the balance. You want to take away their fear, pain and suffering, but you can’t.
In these cases, the best you can do is show them you’re there for them every step of the way and try to make them laugh.
Yes, laugh. Because in the face of pain or tragedy, laughter can serve as the best alternative medicine on the market.
Bob Carey knows this instinctively. When his wife, Linda, was diagnosed with breast cancer, the devoted husband came up with a wonderful way to make her smile.
Each time she’d enter the hospital for another round of treatment, Bob would send her a photo he’d taken of himself wearing little more than a pink tutu.
The image of Bob, a burly middle-aged man, prancing around in the frilliest of feminine garments, would never fail to make Linda and the nurses laugh. The other women rightfully noted that Bob was a pretty amazing human and even better partner.
In fact, his gesture proved so popular, Bob took his tutu tour on the road, sending images from across the U.S. and even a memorable shot from Italy.
Now Bob has compiled his photographic efforts as The Tutu Project, to make his images available to the public, raise awareness about breast cancer and hopefully inspire other people to follow suit with their own version.
“Oddly enough, her cancer has taught us that life is good, dealing with it can be hard, and sometimes the very best thing — no, the only thing — we can do to face another day is to laugh at ourselves, and share a laugh with others,” Bob said.
Who knows? Doctors may find compelling evidence for prescribing a couple of Bobs during the recovery phase.
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