Our stage of life,
intellectual/cognitive abilities, and sociocultural position in life, affect
our perspectives and resultant behaviors about a number of conditions including
cancer. Consider the information provided in the “Introduction to the Miller Family” document. Both Ella and Elías have been diagnosed with
cancer. Ella has been fighting cancer with complementary and alternative
methods with some success for many years. Elías, her grandson, is 10 years old
and has recently been diagnosed with leukemia but has not yet begun treatment.
Putting yourself in either Ella or Elías’s place, what might your perspective
on your cancer be? Integrate how the stage of life, cognitive abilities, and
sociocultural position of your chosen person impacts her/his perspective on
his/her individual disease.