The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH) just hosted its 28th Annual Conference May in Philadelphia. Humor and laughter professionals and enthusiasts from around the world gathered to learn the latest applications and benefits of therapeutic humor presented by field experts, share best practices and network.
The conference coincided with the graduation of AATH’s Humor Academy. Graduate Beth Usher gave a moving keynote speech on her experience of having gone through a hemispherectomy. In 1985, when she was five-years old her family learned that her brain was dying of Rasmussen’s Encephalitis. Two years later, suffering from hundreds of epileptic seizures per day, doctors proposed a bold solution to save her life: the removal of the entire left side of her brain!
The operation was done at Johns Hopkins University Hospital by the “Gifted Hands” of neurosurgeon Ben Carson.