• February 1, 2011
  • Health & Fitness
  • $14.95
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13: 9780981645346
  • Trim: 5in × 7in

How Can You NOT Laugh at a Time Like This?

Reclaim Your Health with Humor, Creativity, and Grit

Carla Ulbrich

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.

Read and laugh about: 

  • The Top Ten Annoying Things to Say to Someone Who's Just Been Diagnosed 
  • "On the Commode Again" (lyrics included!) 
  • This Is (Not) Your Life 
  • Disease Envy 
  • Lessons from the Nudist Festival: How Much to Reveal 
  • Survivor: Kidney Island 
  • Doctors Are People, Too 
  • Fibromyalgia: The Other F Word 
  • A Good Vein Is Hard to Find 
  • My Other Body Is a Porsche

Comic singer-songwriter Carla Ulbrich has taken her music and love of wordplay all over the United States and England. She has appeared on USA TV, the BBC, Dr. Demento, The Bob and Sherrie Show, and Sirius XM Radio. She has recorded five CDs. Ulbrich grew up in Clemson, South Carolina, and now lives in New Jersey.