Laughter Is Essential for Rare Disease Patients

Laughter Is Essential for Rare Disease Patients

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Laughter Is Essential for Rare Disease Patients

As many people living with Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) can tell you, our diminishing handwriting, balancing, speaking, and walking abilities are no laughing matter. Or are they? My sense of humor is a way of escaping my stark reality as a Friedreich’s ataxia patient, a reprieve from its depressing circumstances. My ability to laugh at myself and this progressive, lethal disorder keeps me sane. Because my jokes seem dark and inappropriate, I never know if others…

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