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crystal is a good word

Sorry, this is not a question but a comment which may be useful to you doctors out there. I was recently told that I had 2 crystals in my breast after a routine screening and was called back for biopsy of said. What I wanted to say was that because the word "crystal" was used - images of fairy tales, treasure, magic, beauty etc - my anxiety level regarding them was pretty low. Now, if the words "possibly pre-cancerous growth" or other similar terms had been used, I am sure I would have been much more worried and frightened. Even though the doctor spelt out to me that these crystals could be pre-cancerous, the word "crystal" stuck in my mind and I thought how nice to have magic crystals in my breast. I know this sounds bonkers but this is how my mind went and I can't believe I'm the only one. It occurs to me that if you could have nice words for things, specially at the not knowing how significant they are stage, it could save a lot of anxiety for patients.  I found myself actually showing off about my crystals to friends! Luckily for me the crystals were not dangerous so I now feel very important carrying my two crystals around. You could consult a linguist to get good words - what about David Crystal - ha ha!! I know this all sounds a bit flippant, but I really think there might be something in this.
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Personally, I don't want any of my medical conditions "sugar coated" and I would be quite upset if they were. Knowledge is power. How can you make any medical decisions if you don't know exactly what you're dealing with?  But to each their own.  Glad that your crystals turned out okay for you :)
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All this sounds very pleasant BUT medical terms must be used so that all medical personnel will know exactly what is being described. All the terminology used has a specific meaning which is most important when dealing with health issues; there can be NO room for doubt or misunderstanding. Terminology doesn't usually change for the obvious reasons; everyone would need to go back to school.  I respect your thoughts though .... Have a pleasant day.
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