I defined Health as a state of being well. And I defined Ilness as an acute state of being unwell. So my deciding factor with illness and health would be the state of being well or the state of being unwell, which can be tricky because “well” needs to be defined too and that has to be defined by each individual person in their own way. In my way I say the state of “well” is all about feeling like you should. But that leads to what “should” you feel. This will just lead to an infinite regress, so I say to solve this “well”, it’s just going to have to be defined by whoever is using these words.
I strongly believe that ideas come from everything and everywhere. The most important part of an idea is how you take it. For example, regarding my idea of creation, it was by God and we evolved from there with God’s guidance. This idea comes from my catholic upbringing and my love for science. The stereotypical ideas of creation are either God or evolution, but I like to think it was both and that’s just my ‘idea’ of creation. Which brings me to how we get these ideas. I believe we get them from everywhere and everything, yes, but I also believe that you as a person are highly influenced by nature or nurture. My upbringing was catholic so I believe in God and Jesus by nurture. By nature, living in America, I have a more laid back sense of being Catholic. I’m more laid back because of my science background which was not by nurture but rather it was nature, my environment of science.
I chose Infertility because I’m inclined to believe this can be both an illness and a disease. I think a disease is something that is chronic and I also believe that a disease is something severe, whereas an illness is acute and isn’t as severe. But I also have to confess at first I believed this to be a disease, but my real confession would be that am I bias. I fear infertility, so I may consider this a disease because of my fear of being infertile. I believe my fear comes from my baser instinct, as a woman, to have children. Which brings me to the second condition I chose Erectile dysfunction. I believe this is an illness brought on by age but a man who fears having this condition may say otherwise. He may say this is a disease because of the severity, but is his opinion of severity heightened by fear? My personal opinion is that both of these conditions are illnesses if acute and a disease if chronic. If brought on by age or accident it’s an illness, if you are born with it it’s a disease. The devastation behind these conditions can change from person to person but when it comes down to it these conditions are mostly categorized as illnesses, in my opinion.