By Alexis Redenbach in The Mighty.
We’ve all seen the movies: the patient stoically braves the struggles of treatment and only gets angry one time, in a huge but righteous burst of frustration. The person in a traumatic accident is told they will never walk again but by sheer force of will, they somehow take their first steps. The child born four months premature struggles through developmental delays and numerous surgeries but they are brave and strong to a fault.
That’s not real life. Consciously, we know that those people are likely the exceptions, if they even exist at all. But that doesn’t seem to stop us from feeling like we have to live up to the heroic facade of the virtuous sick person.
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