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Why I Don't Call Myself a Chronic Illness 'Warrior'

I just want to say before I continue with this story, I’m not against people referring to themselves as “chronic illness warriors” or describing their “fight” with their illness.

It’s just that this language doesn’t work for me. Here’s why. The words “fighter” and “warrior” are often linked with our response to illness.

Even when someone has something like a simple cold, they may say, “I’m fighting a cold!” This makes it sound like we’re in a war zone with our bodies and sheer willpower will get us through the day.

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