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Former cancer patient provides hope and laughter to other cancer patients

Susan Kobayashi Susan Kobayashi
Hob Osterlund Hob Osterlund

By Cindy Cha - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - You've probably heard 'laughter is the best medicine' and for one former cancer patient, it may just be the remedy. Now she's bringing humor and hope to other cancer patients.

Susan Kobayashi was diagnosed with colon cancer in late 2007. During chemotherapy, she participated in a humor study. She was so inspired by the study, she started her own project to provide uplifting DVDs for other patients to watch during chemo.

Cancer is no laughing matter. But ironically, laughter was one of the key elements that helped Susan Kobayashi beat the deadly disease.

"It worked out perfectly for me, I'm the luckiest duck," said Kobayashi.

After being diagnosed with colon cancer, she immediately sought help. Now free of cancer, she credits the good staff at Queen's Cancer Center and some positive thinking.

"Humor is a great savior for me but everybody has something inside of them that they can do that brings them joy that reminds them of how alive they are."

To help other cancer patients feel alive, Susan donated $2,000 worth of DVD players, comedy movies and card games to the cancer center.

Hob Osterlund, a clinical nurse specialist who conducts the humor study says, laughter really helps.

"What we've found so far is that there's reduction really in almost all symptoms after watching a comedy."

With the latest technology combined with the healing power of laughter, cancer patients can get on the road to recovery.

"I think there are many great medicines but laughter I think has a magic beyond pharmaceuticals beyond almost everything we know," said Osterlund.

The Bank of Hawaii Charitable Foundation recently donated $5,000 to the Queen's Cancer Center, to support Susan's project.

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