Folks with cancer used to, and some likely still do, feel shame because of their condition, so I’ve read. Some folks are still either too ashamed or too scared to come out of the closet. Even more frequently, people live secretly with HIV. And until only recently, discussions of bipolar disorder were notably missing or had occurred primarily behind closed doors. With regard to addiction, anonymity is still strongly encouraged. My pondering: Does maintaining anonymity stir within a person, or help maintain, shame?