It’s okay to laugh while living with Multiple Sclerosis

When terrible things happen, one of the first things to disappear in the chaos is laughter. Somehow all the smiles and giggles that once filled the day get tossed to the wind and pushed aside due to things like fear, anger, sadness and worries.

For many people, laughter just doesn’t fit in with all that’s happening in their crazy, mixed up world. I mean, how can anyone laugh when their life is falling apart? It just seems impossible…absurd…oh, so wrong.

Laughing does not mean a person is ignoring their reality. It does not mean they are being careless, ignorant or naive. It just means that they are putting down all those weighty, life altering thoughts for awhile in order to rest and build up the strength needed for the upcoming journey.

No one knows how long a difficult time will last when it comes to multiple sclerosis. It could be hours, days, years or a lifetime, and laughter is one of those things that simply makes the steps lighter and easier to make. I, myself, have been known to laugh through my tears. That’s kind of like those times when it’s raining outside while the sun is still shining. Seems impossible, but it happens.

Over the years living with MS, I have discovered that laughter is the very thing, the glue, that holds life together when tragedy strikes. I laugh when I fall, flub up words, confuse my thoughts and even when I forget appointments. If I didn’t laugh I would be crying…and crying takes so much more effort.

Laughter is important. It’s needed. It’s what puts that little bit of sanity into the insane. It brings out the rainbows and butterflies, and chases away the clouds. It seems that once laughter is gone, all else falls apart so much faster and harder.

Never apologize for laughing and don’t ever feel guilty for enjoying life in the struggle. The person that can enjoy the journey regardless of the potholes, ditches and mud puddles is a rare breed. Be that rare breed.

Don’t let the things you are facing today take away your ability to laugh. Wear a smile through the tears, go against the flow and allow yourself to laugh, really laugh…and keep on laughing. It truly does the body good.

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About the Author

Penelope Conway

Penelope Conway
Penelope started Positive Living with MS as a way to help others with MS stay positive in the midst of a terrible disease. She believes that staying positive and holding onto hope is the key to waking up each morning with the strength to get through the day. Multiple Sclerosis may never go away, but neither will her determination and her drive to help others through the journey.

7 replies
  1. Jazzinco
    Jazzinco says:

    WOW, penelope, U totally nailed it, I too have a poem i share w/others just like that.

    I Can Laugh @ M.S. Now!

    I stumble, I stutter, I sometimes fall, I cry, I scream, I so wish this was only a bad dream…

    I lay on the couch w/pillows behind me, I’m getting tired of all stares I get from others, if I had my druthers, I’d pick a better life, where I can walk & talk right…

    So in this blight of my life, I can maybe smile, for just alittle while, & now I just take it in stride day by day, just looking @ all the beauty positively & laugh @ all this pain, & thru the rain, I see a beautiful double rainbow…🌈🌈

    Yes, i can laugh @ M.S. now, don’t have to frown no more, I can shut the door to being down, I’m walkin around this town; head held high w/cane in hand or w/c cuz sometimes i can barely stand. But thru it all, i’m still standin tall inside, I can now laugh & don’t need to hide…

    I laugh thru the tremors of droppin thngs, i can laugh thru the little falls & thru it all!

    WE CAN LAUGH @ M.S. NOW! Don’t let it have victory! Take back our victory over it!!💗👍❤💛💙💖😻😍😍😃😄😘

  2. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    Thanks Penelope it is a good medicine. I remember a time when my son Lindsay wheeled me down our ‘new’ path that is about 2 inches above the lawn. When he approached a gentle curve the left front wheel of my wheelchair left the path and fell down to the lawn. This happened so fast neither of us could react fast enough and I toppled out onto the lawn. when I hit I couldn’t stop laughing and this started Lindsay laughing. Janice came out wondering what happened and I was on the lawn laughing my head off and Lindsay was trying to hold onto the wheelchair laughing. I still don’t know why we thought it so funny but who cares. It was good anyway.

  3. Tiffany
    Tiffany says:

    You nailed it Penelope, if we only could laugh so much more life wouldn’t be so stressful 🙂 Thank You here is to a day filled with laughter :):)

  4. Carole
    Carole says:


    Yes, laughter is often the best medicine!

    Keep smilin’


    For added benefit, laugh at your own jokes!


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