True Life:I Have An Embarrassing Medical Condition

This episode of true life followed two teenage girls who had medical conditions that they were forced to live with. One had hyperhydrosis, or excessive sweating, while the other had turrets disorder. Both of these illnesses are the narratives of restitution and quest. These are restitution narratives because it starts off going through the process of the symptoms of the disorder, leading to the types of treatment and then living with the illness in a western society. These stories are both quest narratives because they both show how the patient overcome struggles in their lives, learning to live and except themselves. They both showed growth and maturity by having these disorders. From this episode we were able to see the experience of some of the treatment that the doctors gave. The girl with turrets took several medications, while the girl with hyperhydrosis consulted her doctor about the best options for her and made the decision to use a special kind of deodorant.

The sick role plays a very big part in this story. The  girl with turrets chose to live with her disorder and not let it affect her life. She chose to accept she had a problem but still took responsibility and tried to live as normal of a live as she was able to. The other girl was different. She had a small problem that she blew up into a big ordeal. She changed a lot of things about her because she had excessive sweating and wanted to be treated and have a medical answer for this.

Illness narratives can be useful to help others understand what kind of disorder each patient sees themselves. Either as hopeless or as empowering. They can choose to pity themselves with the chaos narrative or regain strength with the quest. The restoration narrative can help teach others about a precise process of being sick, finding out what it is and getting help.


I used information from this weeks lectures.

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