Laughter is the best medicine: How one woman set out to raise awareness & laughter for Lyme disease.

“Laughter is the best medicine”

On August 17, 2017, a comedy event was held at Tierney’s in Montclair New Jersey, to raise money for Lyme Warrior. There were four comedians who performed on stage and about 60-70 people were in attendance that night. Tickets sold for $10 and half of the proceeds were donated to Lyme Warrior. The total amount donated was $280. This event was organized by a young woman, Gee, who lives in Bloomfield, NJ.

Women for Lyme Disease Awareness

Studies show that laughter releases healing endorphins and helps to oxygenate the body. It also helps to relieve stress and take the edge off. When you’re living with a Chronic Illness, it’s not a bad idea to keep yourself laughing. I know for me personally, laughing helps to keep my mind off of the pain and any negative thoughts that I am harboring. Thanks to an evening of entertaining comedic performances organized by a dedicated Lyme Warrior advocate, there was lots of laughter at this comical event.

 “This was my first fundraiser, and I look forward to doing more!” Said Gee enthusiastically. The event was a success and we really appreciate people like Gee who step up and show their support. She decided to organize this event was because she wanted to do something to help those who suffer from this disease, and also to bring more awareness to her community. I asked Gee why she feels like Lyme Warrior was the best charity, and she explained that she follows Lyme Warrior on Facebook and she loves all the things that they do to help others, and how they give back to children. “Adults suffering is one thing, but children suffering is terrible. They put a smile on my daughter’s face, who currently suffers with bartonella, with a great box full of toys!” She chose to do a comedy show because her friend is a comedian, “I figured what better way to raise money then to bring laughter to those who suffer and raise awareness by doing it,” said Gee.

Gee personally suffers with Lyme disease, and her daughter suffers from Bartonella. She’s been battling Lyme disease for over three years now. She had it for over two years before getting diagnosed. Her family doctor was the one who found it. She said that her doctor is very well educated on Lyme disease and her doctor’s son had it too so thankfully she knows a lot about it. She is making great progress on her recovery, she is a year into treatment and she says that she is feeling a lot better. Her daughter was treated for Bartonella and after being retested she is clear. 

It’s truly amazing when people decide to do things out of the kindness of their hearts to make a difference in a world where so many could care less. We appreciate every single person out there who have made monetary donations, organized events, or even just helped to promote awareness of this disease that thousands of people suffer from every day. Every act of kindness, small or large, helps make a positive impact. It’s time for us to come together and make a change.