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Those who suffer in silence

By Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger

By its very nature, illness is a destabilizing, isolating experience. Even without a diagnosis, feeling sick interrupts the ordinary flow of events, including sleep, meals, traveling and the work routine.

Should hospitalization or professional treatment ensue, the waiting, the examinations and the prodding and poking with medical instruments create a sense of being objectified or treated more like a thing than a person.
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