Facing your mortality can spur a person to do some unusual things, but this is the first time we’ve heard of a guy being inspired by surviving testicular cancer to publish a joke book. Mark Kantrowitz was diagnosed with the disease in 2003 and during treatment started firing off his witty bon mots to his website. Nearly two decades later, he’s collected the best of them in Tumor Humor: Cancer Jokes and Anecdotes.
Kantrowitz, a nationally-known expert of student loans and college financing, had just become a father when he was diagnosed. He’s always recorded his thoughts, so he turned to humor as a way to defuse some of the anxiety from the situation he found himself in. What started as a hobby ballooned into a 143-page book, which mixes puns and quips with longer retellings of the author’s experience in treatment.
One of the funniest chapters outlines pranks that cancer patients can play on their caregivers, like pretending a glass of apple juice is a urine sample and then drinking it. You get your laughs wherever you can find them, and this joke book is a pretty great side effect of one man’s cancer journey.
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