When you or someone you love suffers an illness or injury due to the use of a medication or device that was supposed to make you well, you are going to experience a wide range of difficult emotions — starting with anger.
You will be angry at the injustice of your situation. You will feel rage toward the companies who developed the products and the doctors who prescribed it. Mostly you will be angry about how your lives have changed.
What if this injury is something from which recovery will not possible? And what if the company that manufactured it knew that their product had the potential to cause harm to a significant number of people and continued to market and sell it anyhow?
Will it ever be possible for you to come to a place of peace and stop feeling angry?
Nothing will ever make this situation acceptable, but there are some positive things you can do to make it more manageable:
I saw a greeting card recently that said, “You have my permission to deck the next person who says, ‘Everything happens for a reason.’” I love that card, and I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment!
However, I do think that sometimes things happen for the wrong reason. If a company is aware that their product is likely to harm a lot of people, I think we have to ask what reason they offer for continuing to manufacture and sell it. If they decided profit was more important than the well-being of the people who used their products, then I think it makes sense to turn anger into action and hold them accountable.
Anger against injustice and wrongdoing can be a powerful force for change. So don’t apologize for getting mad. Use it to give you the strength and conviction you will need to stand up for yourself and your care receiver. It could help you get the medical care, the equipment, the caregiver support, and the financial resources you’re going to need to live as normal a life as possible. It might even help prevent other people from having an experience similar to yours.
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