One example of transformational learning that I have experienced in my life is when I was adopted the second time after my adoptive mother passed away. She was a 62 year old diabetic, but since I was nine, I believe that she hide the facts of it from me, and for some reason, did not tell any of her other family. Therefore, by the time she was extremely sick, it was too late for treatment and she ended up having a severe diabetic stroke. The stroke had done so much damage that she ended up suffering from debilitating dementia, which in turn, caused her to have Alzheimer's disease.
Three years later, she passed away. I devastated by this and had to go though the stages of the transformational learning about how diabetes can affect a person if they did not take care of themselves. I had learned that you always have to make sure that someone else knows about your diabetes so that someone can help you physically and emotionally through your dealings with this disease. Whenever I come across someone with Diabetes now, I always make sure that the person has someone as a support system, take his or her medicine, and always check their blood sugar because no matter what you will always be important to someone.
One of Mezirow’s seven phases that applies to my experience of this is recognizing that others have gone through a similar process. I researched that many children loses their parents each year to this disease. This made me realize that the children of the person affected can be educated about the disease to be able to help their parents though it. [continues]
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