In an interesting post at Girl w/ Pen, Alison Piepmeier discusses her discomfort with using battle metaphors to describe life with illness and disability:
“I’d be politically troubled or offended if someone had referred to the little boy… as “battling” his life in a wheelchair, or if people suggested that my daughter was “struggling against” Down syndrome. Down syndrome and paralysis aren’t war zones, they’re simply parts of the lives of some people.”
“I have a brain tumor, and there are things I need to do to take care of myself, but no level of armored-up embattlement is going to make it go away. I don’t love it, but it’s part of my body.”
I’ve never thought much about this subject before; actually, that’s what I really like about posts like this one.