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Ed NEdewor
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The fear or phobia associated with the diagnosis of a disease condition is more devastating than the disease itself. If a patient Mr “A” is informed by his Doctor that he is HIV positive…….the fall outs can slide the patient into depression or anxiety or panic attack. The person in debate will feel the whole world collapsing on his shoulders and become hopeless or feel totally blank. A very poular case in point is Mr Earvin “Magic” Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers who aanounced in 1991 that he was HIV positive……….the whole professional career tumbled and family completely devastated. Only him and God knew what was going on in his head then. Good thing he had a good wife and family support and was able to convert his moment of sadness to joy and glory. He is a man of huge faith and his position helped as well.

What happens to a little unknown man who is diagnosed with HIV or any other serious disease condtion? Majority would slide into depression and would probably be over whelmed and some may lose the battle to death. Who should be blamed for this crisis, the patient or the Doctor, or the government? There is enough blame to go around but the largest percentage will go to the patient. What if the desease is hereditary? Should Doctors take continuing education on ways and manners to announce such situation to patients? What has the patient got to do with diagnosis of cancer? Does anyone has control over such condition? Your thoughts?