In this episode of True Life “I have Diabetes”, three individuals are documented about their lives and how having diabetes affects them daily. Each person in this documentary has their own separate problems to deal with on top of suffering from diabetes. Kristyn has horrible debt because of all the expenses that are associated with having chronic diabetes and because she can’t afford to live alone and pay for medical expenses, she lives at home with her parents. Matt’s problems arise because he is also a guy who likes to drink a lot, and this causes many problems with his diabetes. Lastly, Jen is pregnant and deals with the problem of trying to eat healthier and ignoring her cravings.
I believe that even though all three individual are involved with the chaos narrative, Matt stands out the most to me. With his continuing of drinking even after knowing how it affects his health I feel that he believes that because his illness is chronic already, it can’t get any worse. Even after being told the issues from his doctor, he continued to put his life in jeopardy and this could stem from social suffering as well as frustration.
Quest narrative is also a part of all of these individual cases because of the self changing improvements that are resulting in these tough times. They are being challenged in ways that affect their personal and social lives. In the end with a quest narrative, all are involved in self reflection and self change. This narrative allows us as viewers to see the trials and tribulations that make each of these people better in the end; whether it’s physically or mentally.
Illness narratives can be helpful to all parties involved in certain health diagnosis because they allow you to be able to pinpoint the problems and ways to fix them. For example, the way the sick person handles their illness allows their family to help them in areas that they lack in dealing with it. This could be financially, emotionally, or spiritually. All parties are involved in the healing process, which I think is very important and beneficial.