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Prior to completing this discussion, read Chapter 9 in the textbook, the SOC313 Family Document, and review the Instructor Guidance.

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 SOC313 Family Document. Both Ella and Evan have been diagnosed with cancer. Ella has been fighting cancer with complementary and alternative methods with some success for many years. Evan, 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 Evan’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 influences her/his perspective on his/her individual disease.

Guided Response: Read several of your classmates’ posts and respond to two of your peers.  Did your classmates select the same or different individual?  Respond to similarities and differences in your perspective and your classmates’ perspectives.  Taking on the role of either Evan’s mother or Ella’s husband, comment on how your perspective of the disease differs from your classmates’ perspectives. Share any additional insights you have after reading these different perspectives.