The Sick People Essay

1915 Words Sep 25th, 2016 8 Pages
It is first nature to empathize with a sick person, but many neglect the feelings and role that family and friends are in when someone near and dear to them is suffering. Five years ago my strong, courageous, and loving mother was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Depression is not an uncommon diagnosis in the field of mental health, but what mad my mother’s illness different than others is the social impact that prevented her from seeking proper healthcare and accepting her current mental state. Depression does not occur overnight, over a month or two, but it gradually builds up and it took a depressive episode for my family and I to realize that my mother needs to seek professional help. I was in 8th grade, which means I was somewhere between the age of 13-14 years old and I lacked the proper knowledge and resources on how to cope when a loved one enters “The Land of the Sick People”. Before I delve into things I want to explain more about the “The Land of the Sick People” and what it means in this context. Alice Stewart Trillin, was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the lung and when she first discovered she was diagnosed with cancer she described that she had entered a new phase in her life, which is what she refers to as “The Land of the Sick People” (Trillin). What she means by this is that “sick people” obviously have a different life compared to those who are not, but I believe that Trilin is not just referring to the physical difference, but more of…

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