Theworld is full of numerous harmful organisms that infiltrate ourbodies causing sickness. However, the healthcare industry is workinghard ensuring that there is medicine to manage the patient andpossible gain full recovery. Nevertheless, there are diseases whosecure is not yet to be known due to the complicated form of thedisease causing organic and inorganic things. HIV/AIDS, diabetes, andEbola is among those ailments whose cure is yet to be established oris difficult to treat. This article core value will revolve arounddisease management in a patient. It will seek to establish measuretaken by medical practitioners and the patient loved ones in themanagement of disease as far as healing and curing are concerned. What happens in the disease management process when it is clear thatno definite cure is in place to realize full recovery? Management ofdisease is a comprehensive study that requires time and extensivestudy to understand the concept behind it (Strathern, & Stewart,2003).
Iconducted an interview of three patients namely Maria, my cousin whowas suffering from malaria, James, who is my friend and sufferingfrom asthma, and Rebecca, who is my close workmate who was sufferingfrom the acute flu. One of the reasons I chose to conduct aninterview with these people is because at the time of their sickness,I was closer to them, and I am, therefore in a position to understandthem better. Also, they are all close to me, and it would be easierto meet and conduct an interview with them. I also expected that theywould be open to me and disclose all their disease management processwithout fear.
Healingand Curing Concept
Itis common to get people using the two terms healing and curinginterchangeably. The definition of the two words proves a significantdifference between the two words. Curing is a word that is used todescribe the restoration of the health. In curing, all the signs andsymptoms associated with that particular disease are completelyeliminated. Any visible and implied trace of the disease iseliminated in the body, and the patient can be said to be cured. Onthe other hand, healing is a comprehensive term that refers to acomplete restoration of wholeness to a patient`s health. It is atransformation of the organism to a new, different and probablybetter state of health than it was before the diagnosis. Mereelimination of symptoms does not qualify to be described as ahealing, but rather it is an integrative process that surpassesphysical restoration and includes mental, emotional and spiritualwellbeing. Curing can be said to be a subset of healing.
Healingis a long and time-consuming process that requires extensive care torealize the complete transformation of the body tissue. On the otherhand, curing is a shorter time because mere administrations ofcurative drugs eliminate the symptoms, and a person could go back tothe normal activities. However, the disease could still be in thebody and may later return and that time it could be detrimental tothe body. Healing is the permanent restoration of health that bringswholeness to a patient while curing is a temporal process in thedisease management aimed at relieving pain and basic symptoms beforea permanent solution is initiated by the patient (Wagner, 2013).
TeresaDominic is a cancer survivor and now a writer of the blog ‘guest’.She was diagnosed with cancer and with the chemotherapy andradiation, she joined other survivors where they share andparticipate in other adjunct treatment. However, her cancer recurredtwo years later, and since the disease cannot be treated, she has tocope with life. Although healing brings peace of mind, heart, andsoul of a person, accepting one`s condition and been positive canbring healing even if the cure has not been initiated. Teresa feelshealed because she is adamant about her condition and fullyunderstand her condition. Disease management is all about followingthe doctor`s guideline that could include altering our normal lifesituations. Teresa has suited to the new requirements to prolong lifeand help in managing her disease and condition. For her, she feelshealed although there was no cure initiated to her cancer diagnosis.
Mycousin Maria disease took a longer time than I thought before shefinally got restored. She felt that she still had the disease longtime after she was malaria free. However, numerous visit andtherapies by her doctor eliminated all the fears, and she is doinggreat. James asthma keeps on recurring, and she feels a target of thedisease. All he wishes is to have a complete healing but is hopelesssince he had had numerous recurrences. James thinks that the diseaseis not even curable. Rebecca flu is completely healed, and she feelsa new person but is strict on her lifestyle to avoid any recurrences.The family member was the most supportive factors of the diseasemanagement encouraging the patient to be strong and follow thehealing process. The nurses were also important in guiding thepatient on basic medication and observing health requirements.
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Wagner,E. H. (2013). Chronic disease management: what will it take toimprove care for chronic illness?. Effectiveclinical practice: ECP,1(1),2-4.