It is never easy for me to blog about someone who has lost their battle with cancer, but today is especially difficult. I am saddened to report that Bea Arthur, star of many sitcoms like Maude and The Golden Girls, has died of cancer. Little details have emerged about the 86 year old's cancer fight, let alone what kind of cancer she had. But, Bea Arthur was a private person, so it is really no surprise that she didn't make her cancer diagnosis public.
Despite being only in my 30's, I have been an avid Golden Girls watcher. I used to watch it as a kid with my grandparents on Saturday nights and have continued to watch the reruns on Lifetime whenver I can catch it. Why would a woman at my age would enjoy a sitcom about the lives of four senior women? Because they made me laugh. I laughed through waiting for biopsy results, while lying in a hospital bed after surgery (very painful after abdominal incisions!), and I laughed even when my health was at its lowest. For 30 minutes, I didn't think about anything and laughed, sometimes so hard I cried - a much needed release.
Bea Arthur's death got me thinking about my own coping mechanisms and how others deal with their cancer. If you have cancer, how do you deal with the daily trials of having a disease? What is your stress reliever? Leave your answers in the "Comments" section below.
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