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Describing the course of two different physiological disorders as experienced by two different individuals.

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I will be describing the course of two different physiological disorders as experienced by two different individuals. All data and information was collected through primary research, and gathered through personal interviews. The first patient I will be discussing is Mr. "X", in order to protect his privacy, his name will not be used, however all symptoms from his illness/disease are accurate. I will first be discussing Mr. "X's" current situation. Mr. "X", a 65 year old man, a former policeman and husband whom was widowed almost five years ago. His wife was involved in a fatal accident, and left Mr. "X" traumatised. Mr. "X" retired shortly after his wife's death, eight years before his pension and therefore lives off the money he gained through life insurance of his wife. Mr. "X" was diagnosed with diabetes 8 months ago. Below is a transcript of our interview. Interviewer: Mr. "X", I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for authorising this interview and if at any time you feel you would like to withdraw from our discussion, please do not hesitate. Mr. "X": Ok, thank you. Interviewer: How do you feel today? Mr. "X": I'm feeling good today thank you. How are you feeling? Interviewer: I am very well thankyou. Mr. "X" just so I can gain a better insight into the events that have taken over your life, can you give me a brief rundown of a day in your life now, as compared, to a day in your life prior to being diagnosed with diabetes. ...read more.

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But I receive regular calls and visits, so it's nice to know you have support. Interviewer: How did your life change do you feel, since you were diagnosed with type two diabetes? Mr. "X": Well before, my life seemed useless, I couldn't cope with the fact that I was becoming old and feeling useless, the death of my wife, was almost it for me. If it wasn't for my eldest child becoming pregnant, I perhaps would not still be here today. As the mere fact of my daughter's pregnancy, gave me new hope for the future, as I now realised the joys the grandchild could bring to me. Especially as my daughter expressed her wishes that I played a major part in her child's upbringing and development, and that I would actually be valued. I was depressed, and rarely felt the need to get dressed in the morning. Now I'm coming to terms with my wife's death as I am seeing a counsellor once a week, I have overcome my fear of needles as obviously I had to, (laughs), you wouldn't think a 65 year old man would be afraid of anything would you? Interviewer: Everyone has fears, its part of being human. Has the disorder influenced you in any way? Mr. "X": Of course. My lifestyle in general has become better, my diet as influenced by my GP has left me feeling healthier, and I try to take regular walks, through parks etc at least once a day, also I swim two or three times a week. ...read more.

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Although, I have seen many situations like mine, however, when it's someone else, it's hard to watch how emotional they have become and how concerned they look, but you could never imagine what they were feeling until you experience it for yourself. My social life became non-existent, as all my children are grown up now, my youngest is at university, so again I thought, if something happens to me how will the cost of the university bills be paid. Will that lead my child into debt? All of these things cross your mind and although you can't help it, you almost begin to feel selfish and ask "why me". Interviewer: Which treatment did you undergo for your breast cancer? Miss "Y": I underwent chemotherapy. Interviewer: How did this affect your lifestyle? Miss "Y": As my course of treatment was over a period of 8 months, my lifestyle has changed in terms of employment, as before the breast cancer I worked full time as a midwife, whereas now I work park time. Interviewer: Do you experience any pain or discomfort at all? Miss "Y": I did experience feeling sick most of the time, tiredness and fatigue also mood swings. Interviewer: Do you suffer from side effects from your treatment? Miss "Y": My skin gradually became darker and more sensitive to the sun, also my hair gradually became thinner. Interviewer: Thank you, for taking the time out and being part of this interview. ?? ?? ?? ?? Frankie Pitt Mrs Daniels P1 ...read more.

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