Shame or Privacy?
Just like David Bowie and others, advertising a disease is a private matter, and potentially, could damage the stock of a company, or like Every Day Health reported, to avoid the stigma. The article discussed Steve Jobs who was silent regarding his diagnoses of pancreatic cancer, and its treatment. “Still, we were shocked to hear that Jobs had died," Everyday Health wrote. "One reason for our surprise: Though his seven-year battle with cancer sparked an ongoing rumor mill about his health, Jobs mostly kept quiet about his disease, revealing only minimal information. Whether that was for business reasons (to avoid hurting Apple's stock price, perhaps) or because he was an intensely private person, we probably will never know. Said Bowie: "I'm very at ease, and I like it. I never thought I would be such a family-oriented guy; I didn't think that was part of my makeup. But somebody said that as you get older you become the person you always should have been, and I feel that's happening to me. I'm rather surprised at who I am, because I'm actually like my dad."