When we find ourselves in conversations about minor illnesses, even a cold, there is a tendency for people to use the language of war, such as fighting or battling.
People with medical conditions are often called “warriors” and under this description are encouraged to battle their illness and push themselves.
Using the term warrior can be helpful for some people as a means of describing the challenges of being sick to others who are not living with an illness. But for others, the narrative can make them uncomfortable.
This isn’t to say that it’s not a struggle for them, but people with chronic illness are who they are first and foremost, and not a warrior.
Let’s look into why the warrior narrative doesn’t feel helpful and comfortable for some of the chronic illness community.