by Birgit Bauer
A while ago I found and shared that article in my social media channels. It discusses how words can stigmatize people living with illnesses and / or disabilities. It says, that there is a stigma in wording what shouldn’t be. https://www.readersdigest.co.uk/inspire/life/the-way-we-talk-about-disability-matters
Once you become a patient, very often you lose your identity as a person for others. You become a case or a number, especially in hospitals etc. Being a “patient” can be very stigmatizing in general. Because if it has been said once, people start to think very different and very often you are packed in a box of misconceptions and prejudices. The diagnose of a disease changes a lot in the life and the professional life of a person, it’s challenging to let people know that you are still there, the person not defined by a disease. There are many words stigmatizing people, but stigma is much more.
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