People with diabetes are not “diabetics”.
People with schizophrenia are not “schizophrenics”.
People with diseases are not their diseases.
Language influences our perceptions of reality.
When healthcare professionals speak like this, they run the risk of contaminating their assessments, communications and treatment implementations.
When people who have diseases refer to themselves as diseases, they too run the risk of confining who they are to what they have.
Please don’t confuse having with being.
– Phil Baumann