i got kinda hurt yesterday whilst at my gp, let me explain. I was in the waiting room, where i bumped into a cousin of mine, she had recently gone thru dealing with breast cancer. I hadnt seen her in a little while and we were chatting. My doctor came to call me in, he noticed us chatting and he made the comment of saying,'making friends in the waiting room hey', i replied, 'no actually its my cousin, she had breast cancer and is very lucky to come thru', he then replied and this is when i got hurt . ' yes its good time to think about how some ' real' illness's can be,its makes you stop and think, she has serious things to worry about, '. is it just me, but at the time he made me feel like he was playing off my mental illness, because she is 'really sick' in comparisson to me. I dont believe anyone's illness's by a GP should be compared to others, we all struggle in so many ways and no matter what we have we are all trying to get help, get well. I know cancer is terrrible, horrid, as ive lost many family members and close friends to the illness, but i feel a gp should not compare the severity of one person's illness against another, we are all patients who need the support , medication and help with whatever is hurting us. I felt at the time like he was saying that her illness was something to worry over not mine. Maybe im too over sensitive, i love my cousin and never wished that upon her or anyone but i know how mental illness has changed my life also and its been one huge struggle for me, leaving me at times extremely desperate, alone and suicidal. When im stronger i never think of suicide, I have looked back sometimes and thought thank god i'm still here,I was so close to ending it. The stigma of depression, mental illness still sometimes hurts when your made to feel that other illness's are 'real' illness's in comparisson. I wish my cousin the best treatment possible to rid her illness, but i also wish i could rid or get hold of even this illness i have because its taken so much of my life away daily. Dont get me wrong im not comparing the two, nor would i even think that way, but yesterday i felt so hurt when my gp of 15 years said what he did. Maybe then again its just me and i shouldnt have got hurt, he's the professional and he knows best.
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