Is Medicine Really Helping?

Medicine is something that is used in order to help a person become healthier and no longer suffer from an illness. When someone hears the word medicine, they tend to think of words such as, illness, sick, gross, pills, and getting better. We do not tend to think of things such as, people getting worse as a result of a medicine or the medicine having no effect at all.

In the story about Sara Monopoli, we are told just of that. We are shown that medicine does not always cure the awful illnesses and tragic scenarios we are thrown in life. Her treatment did not help her to become better and in fact, hindered her ability to function normally. The treatment was causing violent reactions within her body. This is not something that I would wish upon anyone. When someone walks into a hospital for a treatment, they have an expectation that they will get better, not worse. Unfortunately, this possibility of having a bad reaction to the medicine is a very true reality.

Personally, I have had a bad reaction to medicine which made my illness worse. The problem is that the doctor does not know how the patient is going to specifically react to the medicine they are giving to them. Even though the medicine hindered my process of getting better sooner, I am glad that I tried the treatment because there was a possibility that it would help me get better. I also know now that it does not work, so later on in life I know not to go through that.

I think that situations such as these are a case by case thing. It really depends on the person receiving the treatment and how they feel about going through certain treatments just to see if they will help extend their life. Even though medicine has a possibility of helping a person to become better and save a life, there is also the second situation where it does not help at all.

Pretty Little Liars

ImageThe ABC Family television series Pretty Little Liars is based on the main characters tragic and unexpected death. In the show, the police find evidence of foul play, but are unable to pin point the actual killer. As the series progresses, the young woman, Allison, four best friends try to find the killer by themselves. All the while, horrible things are happening to them and they are being threatened. We watch the characters go through many phases in which they try to cope with Allison’s death. All four of the women go through the process of grieving in a different way than the other. 


I think that this show portrays multiple ways in which people deal with death. One of the girls is quite open about her death, another avoids the topic at all cost, another drowns herself in the sorrows and tries to find the killer, and another character is almost angry towards the situation. It even shows the almost awkwardness, like we talked about in class, when someone grieves in a public setting. This show also tries to put a positive light on the death and show that the main characters four best friends became closer through this process of grieving. 


The idea that America is a death denying culture is prevalent in this show. I say this because, most of the characters, when asked about Allison’s death, choose not to talk about it or become visibly uncomfortable. The characters also hide how they actually feel about her untimely death in most of the show. 


With the many plot twists and turns in this show, the idea of death becomes overshadowed at some points and the writers focus more on the drama of other situations. I think that this is another thing that we tend to do as a society. Almost an, “I’m too busy to think about this right now” type of attitude. 


Below is the link to the theme song of this TV series. One of the lines being, “Two can keep a secret if one of them is dead”.