How Can You Not Laugh At A Time Like This by Carla Ulbrich
About The Book:
Having a sense of humor is essential to health, says singer-songwriter Carla Ulbrich, who has found laughter to be a lifesaver during tough times. Under the stress of multiple illnesses and constant health ''care,'' Ulbrich one day snapped and became the Singing Patient. She channeled her hard won victories, set about reclaiming her health, and penned How Can You NOT Laugh at a Time Like This?, a collection of short, inspiring, funny essays that help people thrive and celebrate life despite illness.
As Ulbrich spins her tale (and shares some songs), she lampoons common fears and prejudices about illness and lovingly lambastes the foibles of the medical industry. She offers heartfelt and humorous advice for navigating mainstream and alternative therapies, and she guides partners, families, and friends who wish to help their loved ones. Her candid insights, wisecracking commentary, handy lists, hilarious song lyrics, and gentle camaraderie will put a smile on the face of anyone who wants to face illness with courage and humor.
I laughed out loud while reading this book. They say laughter is the best medicine, and it just might be so. It is all in the way you perceive your illness. Positive and willing to laugh at yourself, means good health vibes. Negative and down and depressed will probably get you nowhere. I can relate to a lot of things in this book, having "been there" in many cases. I wish I had this book back then to cheer me up and get me through. This is a great book for anyone to read, ill or not. I guarantee you will laugh, you will relate, you will understand.
About The Author:
The Singing Patient (Carla Ulbrich) is a touring comical singer-songwriter and a member of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. And now, she is also an author. When the humorous songwriter fell ill in 2002, she used her wit and off-center perspective to cope with the many obstacles in her path. Carla suffered two strokes and kidney failure, along with accompanying anemia, hair loss, weight loss, congestive heart failure, pleurisy, fever, migraines, and fatigue. Because of the strokes, she had to re-learn the guitar from scratch that year. She spent her many hours in doctors' waiting rooms writing humorous song lyrics about her malady and the absurdity of the health care system. Under the stress of constant "care," Carla finally snapped and became "The Singing Patient" with her third CD, "Sick Humor." This collection features songs such as "What If Your Butt Was Gone," "Prednisone," "Sittin' in the Waiting Room," and "On the Commode Again." The South Carolina native's whimsical songs are heard on numerous radio stations, including Sirius XM radio, the syndicated shows "Bob and Sherrie in the Morning" "Housecalls radio show" and "The Dr. Demento Show." She has released 5 CDs on Romantic Devil Records. Carla has taught guitar at colleges, music stores and summer camps, and is also the author of "Theory for the Young Musician: Notespeller." Visit her at www.thesingingpatient.com
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