Friday, February 4, 2011

I need to hear from you on the topic of stigma

Well, I finally got my computer fixed and returned working in tip-top shape. The whole concept of stigma has been rolling around in my head for awhile now. Since I've been diagnosed with Hep C, I've lost a few "friends" and there are family members who are not so compassionate. I can't help but wonder if I had another terminal disease (and not all Hep C patients are terminal - many go into remission but not me) such as cancer or a brain tumor or cardiac problems or lung disease, would they treat me the same? Am I treated differently than those with more "acceptable" illnesses? My gut feeling is yes, that I would have more understanding and more people would reach out but I don't know since I've never suffered any of the other diseases mentioned. Are there any of you out there who has a chronic, terminal condition or know of someone with the experience of another chronic, terminal illnesses that would allow you to make a comparison? I just don't have an answer.