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The 9 TV Characters I Love To Watch Because Of Their Chronic Illness Or Disability

Thursday 17 October 2019


From The Mighty (via Yahoo! Lifestyles):


Bea Arthur as Dorothy Zbornak on The Golden Girls
Bea Arthur as Dorothy Zbornak on The Golden Girls.

The 9 TV Characters I Love to Watch Because of Their Chronic Illness or Disability

By Jessica Woods
The Mighty
October 13, 2019
© 2019 Yahoo-HuffPost Lifestyles Network.

Some TV shows came back recently and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to have my friends back. You can judge me all you want to because I have television characters to keep me company. Being sick all the time means that sometimes those fictional universes are a lot more real to you than the world outside your door. You might not be able to get out of bed that day, but that doesn’t stop you from transporting to Westeros or a desert island or downtown Baltimore.

Television has always been a source of comfort for me, and I absolutely love seeing the less than 100% “normal” people represented on the screen. Whether that’s a disability or an illness, it doesn’t matter because I love seeing “real” life reflected in the fictional.

Here is the list of my favorite performances on television concerning people with less than perfect health:


7. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome — “The Golden Girls”

I love doctors, I think that most of them are great, wonderful people who are trying everything in their power to help. However, I think anyone who has ever had a chronic illness has definitely encountered the doctor who dismissed everything you’ve told them. Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur) from The Golden Girls went through this in an episode about her chronic fatigue syndrome. Sure, the symptoms, dismissal and diagnosis all happen within one episode when it could take other people years to find an answer, but this is television. And this bit of television really touches on something that a lot of people have to deal with — denial from medical professionals.


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