Monday, May 21, 2012

Saying so Long to Dr. House

Alright, I know I've been a little dismissive of House in the past. Very often when they have included vasculitis in the episode there are many things that are wrong or are inaccurate. While this aspect is harmful to those of us with vasculitis because normal doctors do not exist in a vacuum and many of them, whether they want to admit it or not, watch medical dramas and are as likely as the rest of us to believe what they see on the tv.

On the other hand, House has done some good for vasculitis. They are the only show I am aware of that has consistently mentioned it and in their own way have brought the term to the outside. They have shown that, much like Lupus, vasculitis can mimic any disease and is something serious and should be taken seriously. I know of one person who realized how serious their condition was because they heard it mentioned on House. I have a friend who has noted how many times vasculitis is mentioned on the show. It's in his consciousness.

After many years, House is now coming to an end. The final episode is tonight so stay tuned and keep an eye out for billboards that mention the Vasculitis Foundation. Yes, the crew of House has contacted the vasculitis foundation so that in their last episode they can do one more thing to help spread the word about this group of rare diseases. Fitting that it should happen during awareness month!

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