Some cliches actually have a basis in fact. Smiling, laughing, giggling, poking fun at life's absurdities, even finding humor in tragic situations helps you relieve stress and cope psychologically.
And new studies show that it's not just psychological benefits we derive from laughter -- even patients with terminal illnesses live longer and better with less pain and disability if they have an optimistic outlook.
In the beginning, there was light-headedness....
I first began doing cartoon strips about life with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) during the summer of 1990, a period in which I was feeling even wimpier from the effects of anemia, brought on by frequent use of aspirin in the fight against CFS. I was looking for something to do that required sitting down...
At first, I thought about assembling my collection of funny anecdotes, articles, cartoons, etc., into a kind of "CFS Humor Booklet," but concerns over copyrights gave me pause. Sooooo....I decided it would just be a lot easier to create my own cartoons.
And Hoover! ....Errr, I mean, Eureka! CFS DAYS was born! (I'm always getting those two mixed up! That's what happens when you don't use vacuum cleaners enough to tell the difference between them!)
Starting with these earliest efforts, I'll be sharing a few of my laughs with you on a rotating basis. Once a month, I'll replace the cartoons with a batch, so tune in again and again! (And be sure to scroll all the way down the page so you won't miss the rest of the fun!)
"Hey dad, how 'bout a game of catch?" "Sorry, Brian, but I can't budge from here.""I guess dad just likes to play on the couch!"
(BZZZZZZZZZT) "Oh, oh . . . Now I KNOW I'm sleeping too much. A Tse-Tse fly just bit me . . . and IT fell asleep!"
(Hmmm . . .) "It may be time to think about joining a support group. I've just realized that all the names in my phone book end with M.D.!"
"Hello. You have reached the National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association. We're sorry, but we're not able to personally answer your call right now. Please leave your n-a-m-e a-n-d n-u-u-m-b-e-r (click) Hello? Sorry about that. But at times, even our answering machine gets tired!"
cartoons © Bill Jackson 1990 - 1998.
DAYS GIFT STORE!
If you're not too tired out from laughing yet, you might want to take a gander at some silly stories! . . . .
FibroFog Follies: Humorous tales of what patients are capable of doing while in a `Fibro Fog.' (Be sure to check back, see what new tales have been added!)
The "But First" Syndrome . . .
Benefits of Growing Older . . . Or of Having CFS/FMS . . .
Childhood Games for CFS/FMS Patients
You Might Work In A Hospital If . . .
Research Phrases . . . What They REALLY Mean!
CFS Patients, Then and Now. . .
"Knock on Wood?" A CFS joke.
CFS/FMS Rules Of Etiquette
Get An Agriculture Degree!
(Remember - this is for fun, not for real. . .)
"Fatigue Busters My Aching . . . Foot!" What one person thinks of these tips to reduce fatigue.
"Desperate Measures of Support," What "volunteers" won't do to help out, by Bill Jackson.
You Know You Have CFS When . . .
Humorous text on "Why There Isn't an FMS Awareness Day."
"Bummer!" This HAS to be a CFS/FMS patient!
"Wanda Lee Had to Pee"
A Code of Ethical Behavior for Patients
A typical day of cartooning....
Bill's assistant artist,
Born August 27, 1953, life-long Kansas City resident Bill Jackson was diagnosed with CFS in 1988 following a frustrating seven year search for an answer to his strange symptoms. Previously, Bill was an office worker in various U.S. Government agencies, and also worked part-time as a newswriter/ photographer for several K.C. area weekly newspapers. Currently receiving Social Security Disability, Bill uses much of his limited energy doing volunteer work for his church, serving as the moderator of FIBROM and co-moderator of the ABLED conferences on Fidonet, and keeping up this Web site. He began making the "CFS DAYS" cartoons for the National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Association's (NCFSFA) newsletters in 1990.
is a testament to the healing power of humor and to the amazing
ability of the human spirit to adapt.
Fibro-haze Humor Site
Donna Heart's collection of fibromyalgia humor.
Scott Adams and his popular cartoons online.
Mefco's Random Joke Server - Jokes and Funny Stories
Jokes are updated constantly. Over 2 million jokes served each month!
Omri's Computer Humor Page
The Journal of Nursing Jocularity
The Journal of Nursing Jocularity has information on the funny side of nursing, studies linking healing and humor, how to subscribe to the quarterly journal and a catalog.
Jest for the Health of It
Jest for the Health of It, compiled by registered nurse and humorist Patty Wooten, includes a "Giggly-ography" -- information on health and humor resources and seminars, including her own, to help health professionals use humor with their patients.
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