Giggle Juice

by Cheryl LaGamma

As soon as it drips, she starts to giggle. We double-check, but so far none of the nurses has ever seen such a silly side-effect. "Mostly, people get tired and quiet. This is way cuter!" they say, marveling at this balding woman, the only one cackling and giddy in this somber place. Through her alleged tears of joy, she manages to lock eyes with the kind RN and ask if this uncontrollable soul-laughing is something to worry about. She just wants to make sure the chemo isn't doing her harm.


Cheryl LaGamma plays poker and drinks tea with her sweet husband, Ralphie.