Why do you think language is so very
important to people living with
chronic illness, and to their
Cohen: Well, I think
language is a powerful weapon.
People who have chronic illnesses
have a constant battle with how
people see them. And I always
say, when I’m talking to groups,
that you’re really fighting on two
fronts. You’re not just
fighting an illness, you’re fighting
public attitudes and public
perceptions of the person with the
illness, and many times that can be
worse than the illness.
Vieira: I wanted to
pick up on what you were saying,
Richard, because perception also
applies to the people who are with
someone who is chronically ill.
We have been fighting the perception
that I am somehow the, woe is me,
burdened selfless martyr.
Almost every article starts out
referencing that in one way or
another when that couldn’t be
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Driving a car is a symbol of
independence and competence and is closely tied to
an individual’s identity. It also represents freedom
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