Honestly I don't get the joke. what is funny about having brain damage and alzheimers symptoms early in life? What is funny about not being able to function like a normal human being in everyday life? I know we all have different ways of coping and finding humor in tragedy but what's next? are we going to start laughing about heart block and paralysis? Are we going to have a seizure and make a joke "just my darn lyme again." Sorry to be such a downer but I fail to see the humor here.
I need to comment on this - why? Because I was one of those that just couldn't come here and make fun of my symptoms right now because I'm having a hard time with herxing.
I've had Lyme and company for the last 45 out of 46 years though, and I was beyond stage 6 of Alzheimer's when I was at my worst - and my kids and I made a game out of it. Why? Because it was a way for me to not completely freak out and not be able to function at all.
I've also had seizures - and yes, I usually joke about
that as well. Why? Because, that's how I address my PTSD type issues with having gone through all of that. And, as you said, we all deal with these devastating issues differently.
It's precisely because of threads like this one that I have been able to work through and talk about
most of my worst moments (still working on the rest) - the way it is for me, I can choose to be horrified at these things, or I can joke a bit and make fun of myself - and I have chosen to laugh at as much as possible. I've even joked about
owing money to those on this forum for the 'therapy' that I have received here.
Usually I'm right in there with those that choose to laugh at the stressful issues we deal with daily. When I find threads like this stressful, it's time to stay away from them for a while. But I continue to work towards the day that I can once again laugh and kind of make fun at what I went through.