Chita Shares a Secret

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CHITA SHARES A SECRET By: Judith K. Campbell

Chita was a very happy and active cheetah who lived in a beautiful jungle. Everywhere there was green, with huge trees, vines, and fruit. There were so many other animals: lions, elephants, zebras, all playing and swimming every day.

Chita’s mom and dad loved her and took very good care of her, showing her love every day.

One morning, Chita woke up and did not feel very well. She was tired all day and her legs and neck were very sore.

Each day, she still had no energy to play and to do things with her friends, and her parents decided to take her to see Dr. Hippopotamus.

Chita was scared.


I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this co

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians those who are to follow. I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as scienc surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.

I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call i recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems ar tread with care in matters of life and death. Above all, I must n

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous g family and economic stability. My responsibility includes thes

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is prefera

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with speci body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I lon

She had no idea what to expect and was worried.

-cratic Oath


s in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic

ce, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the

in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's

re not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I not play at God.

growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's se related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

able to cure.

ial obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and

d while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so ng experience the joy of healing those who seek my help

After the doctor examined her and did tests, he told Chita that she had something called “lupus�. With medicine, exercise, and eating right, she would feel better.

Lupus is not the same for everyone


To feel better: 1. medicine 2. exercise 3. eating right

But Chita was embarrassed and stopped playing with her jungle friends. She did not want them to know she was different.

Then one day, the tall giraffe came up to Chita and said... “Chita, what is wrong with you? We never see you anymore.�

Although Chita was scared to share, she told the giraffe that she had lupus, and explained many of her symptoms.

All the other animals gathered around her to ask questions about what it was. Chita answered all their questions.

You sometimes have painful and swollen joints?

So y tir a lo

You had a rash shaped like a butterfly on your face when you first felt sick?

She explained that she has good days and bad days. Then she told her friends how much she liked her doctor, who prescribed medicine which helps her feel better.

you’re red ot?

Will we catch it?

You two seem scared, but for sure you can’t catch it. I’m not contagious!

To her surprise, none of the animals ignored her or felt bad for her. They special tee shirt: “CHITA


From that day forward,

Way to go Chita !!

Great job Chita!

all were so impressed that Chita was so brave that they made her a everyone wanted to be around Chita and her courage!

Chita you are so brave!

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