Based on my personal understandings, I define health as a point at which all biological aspects of the body, such as the internal organs, muscles, blood and brain, are functioning properly. With this understanding I can conclude that illness is defined as having diseases or medical conditions that hinders the body from performing basic tasks that necessitates proper functionality. These tasks include but are not limited to walking, breathing, digestion, cognitive recognition and excretion.
The definitions I utilized to define the terms health and disease were influenced by two main factors, family and personal experiences. Being a person that was born and raised for part of her life in the south, the members within my family and community refers to anyone that suffers from any sort of internal physical ailment as a person that is ill. Whether the ailment is a stomach or indigestion, the physical discomfort is categorized as an illness. Personal life experiences have also aided in my personal understanding of health and illness. Throughout my life I have suffered from a variety of illnesses. Issues such as chronic bronchitis, stomach ulcers, severe respiratory inflammation and infections and pneumonia are a few of the health complications that I have experienced. The physical responses my body made to the illness has greatly influenced how I perceive health. Normal human functions were often hindered giving rise to the need of assistance and medical attention.
In the illness activity, there were three conditions that I felt were not illnesses. The first condition was menstruation. I felt this condition was not an illness because being a woman that has had personal experience with this I do not feel that my basic bodily functions are hindered. Eating, breathing and walking are all functions that I can accomplish without any medical assistance. The second condition was erectile dysfunction. Though one part of the male anatomy does not function fully, a man is still able to carry out living a normal functioning lifestyle and utilize certain aspects of the organ as intended. The final condition evaluated is infertility. I categorize it within the same confines as erectile dysfunction. The rest of a woman’s internal organs function in their proper manner.