Entourage Disease: A disease where the sufferer surrounds him or herself with people as a shield against painful encounters.
The sufferer will show up in a hospital room, at a family party or a funeral surrounded by up to six people. Usually the number is about three. If it’s a hospital visit and the room is really small, the sufferer will be brave and only come in with one hanger on.
There are drugs to mitigate the pain, particularly alcohol, food and drugs. But they all have side effects and usually are not worth the trouble.
As with any disease, there is collateral damage. The family of a cancer patient, for example, may experience pain from watching their loved one suffer.
The third party suffering with entourage disease is usually a feeling of claustrophobia and the discomfort that comes from a lack of personal space. The people who comprise the sufferer’s entourage have a special talent for getting in the personal zone of everyone else in the room.
The ultimate cure for this disease is self confidence, forgiveness and faith.
Unfortunately, those things can be hard to come by.