The Devils Hole Pupfish
TheDevils Hole Pupfish
TheDevils Hole Pupfish
Fora long time, cancer has threatened lives of many people who have beendiagnosed with it. The belief that may people in the society have hadthat that cancer is an incurable and fatal disease has made patientsfeel stressed and depressed immediately they are diagnosed withcancer. Some patients even go ahead to think that their cancercondition is a signal that they are almost dying. In a metaphoricalway, this article will to highlight some of the impacts of cancer onan individual who suffers from the disease, and on the society as awhole. The paper will then attempt to give some possible solutions tothe problems associated with cancer. the life and the environment ofa cancer patient is compared to that of the Devils Hole pupfish foundin one of the deserts in America.
Hasanyone ever taken some time to think about the problems associatedwith the Devils Hole pupfish? This kind of fish is one of the mostisolated animals that have ever been discovered on planet earth(Walker,2017).Surprisingly, unlike other species of fish that live under water,this fish thrives in one of the world’s driest places- MojaveDesert it the United States. The Devils Hole pupfish is as small asless than 2.5cm long (Walker,2017).This fish is one of the species’ that have the least members sincethere are less than fifty fish that survive at a given time in theirhabitat. As a matter of fact, the Devils Hole pupfish live in utterisolation and hopelessness. The fish are also probably living in fearof being attacked or sometimes or avoided by other bigger animals. Since their first appearance many years ago, the Devils Hole pupfishhave lived in the wild, and the place that the whole communityoccupies is far smaller than your living room. As compared to otherfish, the Devils Hole pupfish is the rarest species and perhaps theloneliest living animal on earth (Walker,2017).
Thefact that the fish live in a cavern magnifies its state of lonelinesseven more. In fact, the poor animal only survives under a subtle poolof water which is found about 15 meters below the opening of thecave. These fish also have sparingly available food maybe because ofthe conditions under which they live. The only food that the poorthing can yearn for is a small limestone shelf (about 3m by 6m) foundat one end of the small pool of water (Walker,2017).The cavern within which these fish live opens to air yet the there isno connection between the little amount of water inside the cavernand the other water sources. The Devils Hole pupfish must be havingminuscule gills- almost vestigial- to survive in the temperatures ofabout 320Cto 330C(Walker,2017).Intriguingly, until recently, the origin of this species has troubledmany researchers. Some studies suggested that the source of theDevils Hole pupfish is India while other researchers assumed that thefish might have traveled overland cavern in the dessert or they mighthave been carried by flying birds. The newest research, however,found that the fish thrives in a limestone cavern by the name DevilsHole located in Nye County of Nevada (Walker,2017).
Amongother animals, the Devils Hole pupfish may seem small and unexciting,yet it is equally important. To ensure that the fish species does notbecome extinct, the Supreme Court in the US once banned the act ofpumping nearby underground water which apparently threatened theexistence of the fish hence making them extinct (Walker,2017).In fact, the fish was listed amongst the first members under the USEndangered Species Preservation Act in 1966.
Justlike the Devils Hole pupfish, a patient diagnosed with cancer mayexperience issues. For instance, the victims of this chronic diseasemay find it difficult to understand the origin of their diseasecondition (Christ et al., 2015). The patients may also avoidassociating with other people since they do not want to talk abouttheir status. Consequently, these people with cancer- either patientsor their relatives or friends- live in utter fear of their futurestate in their cancer journey. The anxiety and fear of cancersequelae also are also witnessed among the patients (Christ et al.,2015). Should the patient experience any symptoms of any disease,they will no doubt attribute them to cancer they already have. Inlonely caves of hopelessness the patients dwell. Like the pupfish,these victims of cancer experience the dangerous and life-threateningconditions of a series of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. As a resultof this chemo and radios, the tissues and body organs of peopleliving with cancer may function differently (Christ et al., 2015).For instance, a young male of barely 15 years may grow beards afterradiotherapy or chemotherapy is performed on his body tissues in anattempt to treat cancer.
Whenthe disease becomes severe, victims become depressed. The patientsmay isolate themselves and as a result become vulnerable to suicidalattempts (Christ et al., 2015). The fear of losing jobs among youngadults also causes depression to cancer patients. Many people in thesociety perceive the treatment of cancer as being expensive. Due tothis perception and attitude, a person living with cancer may developanxiety caused by the fear of losing all the wealth they have in theprocess of treating cancer. Most cancer survivors seem to have esteemproblems (Christ et al., 2015). For example, a survivor of breastcancer may have low self-esteem after mastectomy. This survivor mayexpress inferiority to other people around her. The feeling of beinginferior may cause depression to the victim. Similarly, the victimmay resolve to be sedentary and isolating them. In a way, this cancersurvivor may become a Devils Hole pupfish and feel lonely. Sometimes,the patients affected with cancer feel that they are a burden totheir caregivers or even their medical sponsors. The victims alsofeel that they should not belong to any group. They deny themselvesan opportunity to feel loved by other people in the society (Christet al., 2015). Some patients, therefore, think that it is better ifthey died. All these are manifestations of depression.
Sincecancer patients and survivors isolate themselves, like the DevilsHole pupfish, they lose connection with other people in the society.Some of the members of the community also stigmatize the peopleliving with cancer. For example, a survivor who has gone through legamputations may be avoided by some people since they feel that thesesurvivors will become a burden to them or cause economicdeterioration. In a similar way, a spouse to a man who has lost histesticles, for instance, to testicular cancer may take a long time tocome to terms with the husband’s condition(Christ et al., 2015).The spouse may as well opt to avoid the man altogether coldly.
Sincecancer is a life-threatening disease, patients and survivors of theillness need adequate care and support from members aroundthem(Christ et al., 2015). Any person living with cancer would feelpsychologically disturbed and emotionally sick. These patients,therefore, need members of the society like friends and relatives tobe close to them to ensure they feel loved and valued. Support andcare for the patients of cancer involve, among other things,educating the victims how to cope with the unfavorable conditionsthat come as a result of having the disease (Christ et al., 2015).Besides, the patients should be given hope by being encouraged toshun the fear that by having cancer, they have come to the end oftheir lives!
Toconclude, cancer impacts negatively on an individual. Patients andsurvivors of cancer go through a lot of emotional and physical pain.Nurses and community health need to sensitize the society on how toprevent the prevalence of the disease. The society should also beeducated on how to care for victims of cancer. The belief that havingcancer means the end of life should also be abolished to enablevictims regain their self-esteem.
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