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Jane Heller Jane Heller bestselling writer. comedic caregiver. ambulette driver.

Bestselling author Jane Heller's romantic comedy novels entertain readers around the world. Her latest book is nonfiction. You'd Better Not Die or I'll Kill You: A Caregiver's Survival Guide to Keeping You in Good Health and Good Spirits. [www.janeheller.com]

My husband Michael has had a chronic digestive illness called Crohn’s disease since age 11 and been hospitalized nearly 100 times. As his caregiver, I’ve found myself in some truly unfunny situations. It’s unfunny when he’s doubled over in pain. It’s unfunny when he has to undergo yet another surgery. It’s unfunny when he lands in the ER on Christmas Eve instead of being able to celebrate the holiday with his family and friends.

But here’s what is funny: I call him “the Incredible Hulk” when steroids render him bloated and moonfaced; I dub my Porsche “the ambulette” when it’s pressed into service to ferry him to the doctor; I say, when he’s on a gurney about to be wheeled into the operating room, “You’d better not die or I’ll kill you,” which makes him laugh and dispels his anxiety – and mine.

Humor is a remarkable tool for mitigating stress, diffusing anger, and promoting a sense of well-being. It’s been my lifesaver ever since I was a child. My father died of cancer when I was six, and my mother married my stepfather when I was nine. Suddenly I was thrust into a Brady Bunch family of eight – a blend of stepsiblings who didn’t always get along. The dinner table was particularly fraught, with somebody inevitably bolting in a huff. I’d snuff out potential dramas by doing impersonations of the mailman, my history teacher, the guy at the local deli, you name it. By the end of my “act,” we all forgot to be mad at each other. I learned early on that humor helps to establish a connection between people, even those in conflict.

When I became a writer, the genre I chose was romantic comedy – the perfect combination of humor and happily ever after. The novels have been sold to Hollywood and one is currently being developed for a film, but the most satisfying part has been the feedback from readers who say, “Your books got me through a tough period by making me laugh.”

Humor gets us through tough periods. Now it’s getting Michael and me through his latest bout with Crohn’s. Humor keeps me balanced. Humor keeps me sane. Humor reminds me that, despite illness and disappointment and the grimmest of times, there are real moments of joy in this life, and we need to embrace them.

– Jane Heller

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