In the article, “The Dangers of Social Isolation” Traci Watson states, “ The most socially isolated subjects had a 26% greater risk of dying, even when sex, age, and other factors linked to survival were accounted for.” Every person needs some type of human connection to maintain a healthy life no matter their background. Watson also says “ Even those who are content to be alone should have some regular contact with other people who can encourage and check on them.” Even though one may believe the company of others is not essential in their life, in the end social interaction plays a crucial component on the rate of their
Today, I am reminded of a saying: “there are places in the heart that do not exist, pain must be so that they may be”. In the past, I reasoned this saying to be a metaphor for compassion…that as we work through our pain, we become more connected and loving toward others. What I discovered is; that introspective examination assigning the meaning to pain and painful events is soul work while the work of connecting and loving others is a good but superficial start.
To further understand how to deal with suffering, one must explore suffering’s origin and what it means to suffer. What is suffering then? “Simply stated, suffering is anything which hurts or irritates” and “covers a wide spectrum; it can be pain or grief even emotional pain on a personal level”
Education and support will need to be provided to the wife in a respectful manner. Patients and family may question their religious beliefs or a belief in God when a tragedy or serious illness is involved. In a study of women with ovarian cancer and coping by Christina Puchalski (2001), “93% of 108 women cited spiritual beliefs. In addition, 75% of these patients stated that religion had a significant place in their lives, and 49% said they had become more spiritual after their diagnosis”. It is at this time their faith may be tested and have an inherent need to understand “how their current situation
Improving outcomes for people with cervical cancer is not just about higher survival rates. It is also about improving patients ' experience of care and the quality of life for cancer survivors. As cancer, treatments are often complex, hospitals use multidisciplinary teams to treat cervical cancer and tailor the treatment programme to the individual. Multi-disciplinary teams are made up of a number of different specialists who work together to make decisions about the best way to proceed with your treatment. The prospect of a complete cure is good for cervical cancer diagnosed at an early stage; although the chances of a complete cure decrease the further, the cancer has spread.
When writing her personal essay “In Bed”, author Joan Didion intended it for an audience very familiar with migraines, however, it has the potential to be written for an audience of people just beginning to experience migraines. Didion’s use of personal anecdotes, factual information, and inspiring acceptance are all points that can be altered for this new audience. Didion begins her essay with personal accounts of her experiences with migraines, setting the stage for an introduction that relates to newcomers. She describes the suffering in which she endures during her migrains, composed of imagery that brings the reader into her situation. Where she begins with stating that she “spend[s] the day in bed with a migraine”, she could instead present this as a question to the reader.
It is important for the body to feel pain because nerve cells let out pain signals to indicate something is wrong. It is also important for the body to feel emotions so the person can feel the tendencies to run for their life or a sense of importance. As a result, these physical qualities of the body can allow unhappiness when one feels too much pain that is unbearable, or when one cannot sleep because they are too stressed. The second way the body brings unhappiness is through the sense of beauty, where “beauty presents itself to [people’s] sense and [peoples] judgment” (Freud 53). People’s sense of beauty to themselves or others is perceived through their own
However, perceived isolation allows people to feel loneliness, stressed out, and have mental problems. Perceived isolation will also affect physical health through its impact on mental health. In the article, “Social Disconnectedness, Perceived Isolation, and Health among Older Adults,” Erin York Cornwell explains, “Results indicate that social disconnectedness and perceived isolation are independently associated with lower levels of self-rated physical health. However, the association between disconnectedness and mental health may operate through strong relationship between perceived isolation and mental health.” This shows how in society today people will be mentally impacted and later physical health will partake.
“Pain” by Diane Ackerman is a story about pain. The author describes how people can withstand pain, and how difficult it is to define pain “which may be sharp, dull, shooting, throbbing, imaginary” (301). Culture and tradition are very important on people lives. Therefore, many of them do incredible things, in Istanbul for example “teenage boys dressed in shiny silk fezzes and silk suits decorated with glitter” (300), or in Bali people “go into trances and pick up red-hot cannonballs from an open fire, than carry them down the road” (298). This is just couple examples of controlling our body.
In each of the three essays, “The Pain Scale” by Eula Biss, “Gray Area: Thinking with a Damaged Brain” by Floyd Skloot and “Notes from a Difficult Case” by Ruthann Robson, each of the main characters in the stories deals with a severe medical condition and their experiences that coincide with their disease. Each of these essays all have certain characteristics that are similar, but are still very different in their own way. In “The Pain Scale”, Biss discusses the idea of pain along with the concept of zero. She talks about her experiences of going to the doctor’s office and being asked her level of pain.
In the article, “Sometimes Pain Is a Puzzle That Can’t Be Solved”, Abigail Zuger, the author, describes her own experiences with pain along with some examples and generalizations about the feeling. She claims that she is “ruled by (her) elbow” and “it is (her) constant companion, whimpering, and tugging at (her) sleeve.” She goes on to say that many people have the same problems, especially when drugs, “like naproxen and ibuprofen” are unhelpful and “might as well be cornflakes.” Finally, she explains how far we have advanced in the medical field, but “ none of (the) knowledge has translated into new treatments,” to help people such as herself.
Physical pain according to Elaine Scarry is an “absolute slip between one’s sense of one’s reality and the reality of other people.” (4 Scarry) One of the things that I learned this semester after taking the Body in Pain class and having the opportunity of attending House of Loreto Nursing Home is how physical pain can be as painful as mental pain. In many cases, physical pain has no voice. As the audience, we are incapable of feeling and understanding how much pain they are experiencing. In the essay “Body In pain”, Scarry writes about the difficulty of expressing pain and how “Physical pain has no voice but when it finds a voice, it begins to tell a story.”
Supporters claim that physical pain should be an individual right. They believe that there should be no law that prohibits someone to suffer (Hook, 1989 p. 245). Olvera supports the idea expressing that PAS should be a legal alternative when there is no other form of pain relief (Olvera, 2015). However, Wagner states that there is anther alternative to stop pain and suffering such as training doctors to give more pain relief and anesthesia to patients. Even though some people may fear becoming addicts to theses medications (Wagner, 1998 p. 246).