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I’m a biological anthropologist and educator living in Seattle, WA. Sometimes, I write.

It’s time to re-evaluate calling disabled & chronically ill folk “warriors”.

When I was first referred to as a “warrior” in the context of my disability, instead of feeling strong or proud, I felt outrage and revulsion.

Now I am, by nature, a little bit reactive. I tend to have strong emotional responses to things — people, songs, movies, literature — before I’m aware of why the response occurred at all. As an adult, it’s taken years of careful effort not to let this impulse to react before I think get the better of me, but on some days, this is easier said than done. …

Elen M. Feuerriegel

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