Blame and illness

English: Massive left sided pleural effusion i...
English: Massive left sided pleural effusion in a patient presenting with lung cancer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


On blame and illness:


After Linnea Duff learned at age 45 that she had developed lung cancer, she practically encouraged people to ask if she had ever smoked. But in the eight years since, her feelings have soured considerably on the too-frequent question, and she’s developed an acute sense of solidarity with fellow patients: smokers, former smokers, and never-smokers alike.

“It’s just so inappropriate,” says Duff, who believes that people with other serious illnesses don’t field so many intrusive queries. “Would you ask someone, ‘Did you eat too much?’ or ‘Did you have too much sex?’ ”




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  1. Although the general stigmatization of people with cancer has significantly decreased over the years some malignancies are worse than ever (e.g. lung cancer, cervical cancer, melanoma). It seems to me this is just another reflection of the significantly increased amount of stigmatization by the American public of anything that differs from them or their view of the world. Among many additional things, people are severely stigmatized for their sexual orientation, diseases they have, political views, religious views (not just Muslims), economic status, ethnic background. It isn’t just a matter of disagreeing with someone it has become an issue of you are wrong and I am right and you chose in some way to have this “wrong condition”. This certainly appears to result in us becoming more and more isolated in our own little “pods” of like thinkers.

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