As a comedian, people react more to truth in comedy more than anything. So I add a lot of personal things to my act. I talk about cancer, relationships and just recently I added jokes about diabetes.
Honestly, I am not saying diabetes is not funny, because it kind of is. It had more to do with the fact that I could not think of jokes regarding diabetes. Now I have some pretty good ones. You will have to see me live to hear them though, I have strict “no telling jokes unless I am on stage policy” Seriously it is about 5 pages long with one sentence then a bunch of blank pages.
Anyway, I use jokes about my diseases as a way to cope and a way to help others cope. It is not easy making cancer funny but somehow I did it. I can do the same with diabetes. The lifestyle itself is pretty funny, it is definitely different. I think I could prey on people’s ignorance of the disease as well.
I have used entertainment as a way to make things seem less serious or sometimes even unreal. It is just another way of showing this disease who is boss. That I respect its place in my life but I will not let it rule my life. I am a big believer in mind over matter. I laugh at you, diabetes, now go to a corner and cry.