The Common Thread:
The human Experience
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The Common Thread: The Human Experience
Individuals voluntarily came to our health institutions and were given a diagnosis they did not want and the disease once accurately diagnosed, is non-negotiable, meaning it cannot be given back and in some cases may remain with the individual for life.The common thread is the fact that once a disease is accurately diagnosed, the disease is Non-Negotiable and no individual, culture, economic status, race and ethnicity can give it back. The same applies to a homeless individual as well to a billionaire.
Once accurately diagnosed,no one can litigate their way out, buy their way out,argue their way or pray their way out. Over the course of time, I took “pray your way out” as I believe a higher order of religious being may be higher than an on earth Non-Negotiable circumstance.
If we accept the concept of a non-negotiable disease then empathy rather than judgmental attitude toward all patients irrespective of race, ethnicity, age, gender or religious beliefs preferably will be the chosen patient engagement approach.
The key factor of a non-negotiable disease is the elimination of the most basic human right and need, CHOICE. If one goes to a restaurant and you don’t like the meal, the owner will adjust the needed change. If one goes to a restaurant and you don’t like the meal, the owner will adjust your bill, if you go to a hotel and you don’t like your room, the hotel will change your room, if you buy an item at a store and you don’t like it you can return it. If one has a contract for 30-60-90 days and you choose to honor or break the contract, you have the choice to do so.
One’s ability to do so, is based on having choices. If you don’t like the school your child attends, you have the choice to change the school or if you don’t like your job, you have the choice to stay and be miserable or to find another job.
If you don’t like Starbucks, but love coffee, you can choose to go to Dunkin Donuts. Could you imagine a life without coffee choices?
In the case of an accurately diagnosed disease, there is no choice, the only other non-negotiable circumstance when it relates to total lack of choice, is one’ family. No one can decide that I don’t like my family and as a result, I want to change my genetics and adopt new ones as one’s genetics is non-Negotiable as well and there is an undeniable relationship between one’s genetics and hence one’s disease. The Elderly Black population have lived a life of unique non-negotiable circumstances including being descendants of slaves, may have experienced family lynchings, Jim Crow laws, the atrocity related to the Klu Klux Klan and segregation and with all the atrocities, an added non-negotiable disease. I have no words.