When living a #MarsLifestyle, what will you miss from Earth? - 9.19

Politically correct MS verbiage

Sign Up for Our Living with Multiple Sclerosis Newsletter

Thanks for signing up!

Note to readers: This blog posting contains words that may be offensive to some people living with MS.

Note to my editor: They're sure to read it now…

I have noticed in a few comments scattered here and there a distaste for certain "language" in the MS community - a hesitation, if you will, to accept the common vernacular for the causes and effects of this thing we live with. I'm writing today not to apologize for the use of these words, but rather to explore why it may be that we are sensitive to them or sensitized by them.

I can understand why words like cripple or crippled would cut to the core of someone living with MS. I also see, however, that some of us refer to those "mountain climbing" with MS as the “Super Crips.” I'll admit I laughed kind of hard at that comment when it came through.

Some have even balked at living with the moniker, "disabled." Not sure if that is a defense technique that people employ or just taking political correctness to the far edge. My editor even mentioned to me that some of you don't particularly like your MS deemed a "disease" but rather call it a "condition."

I'm sorry if it ruffles a few feathers, but I could really give a damn about that part of the conversation. On most days I'm a pragmatist, and I guess I don't have time to think about it too much.

Now I know what you're thinking…I'm the one who laid down the rule about being respectful. I would not use the most offensive of the debilitated lexicon, but I'm not going to tiptoe around on eggshells to make sure we offend no one, either. I live with MS too!

Someone even approached me over the weekend and said that she didn't like the term, "live with MS." It made her, "Feel like that's all I do, live with this thing." I assuredly never meant that phrase to mean anything but "getting on with a life with MS in it."

Goes to show that no matter what your intention, someone is going to have another use for the semantics to make them feel better. I'm okay with that. Just don't expect it from me.

How do you feel about the language of multiple sclerosis? What about the language around MS? I remember a comment where someone told of their MS and got the reaction, "Oh, how terrible!" Or the girl told by her mother that she was just being, "lazy." Let's head into the weekend with a thought or two fromyouabout MS verbiage.

Wishing you and your family the best of health.


Last Updated:9/15/2006
Important:The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not Everyday Health.
Any opinions, advice, statements, services, advertisements, offers or other information or content expressed or made available through the Sites by third parties, including information providers, are those of the respective authors or distributors and not Everyday Health. Neither Everyday Health, its Licensors nor any third-party content providers guarantee the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any content. Furthermore, neither Everyday Health nor its Licensors endorse or are responsible for the accuracy and reliability of any opinion, advice or statement made on any of the Sites or Services by anyone other than an authorized Everyday Health or Licensor representative while acting in his/her official capacity. You may be exposed through the Sites or Services to content that violates our policies, is sexually explicit or is otherwise offensive. You access the Sites and Services at your own risk. We take no responsibility for your exposure to third party content on the Sites or the Services. Everyday Health and its Licensors do not assume, and expressly disclaim, any obligation to obtain and include any information other than that provided to it by its third party sources. It should be understood that we do not advocate the use of any product or procedure described in the Sites or through the Services, nor are we responsible for misuse of a product or procedure due to typographical error.

Video: The Gender Pay Gap

Politically correct MS verbiage
Politically correct MS verbiage images

2019 year
2019 year - Politically correct MS verbiage pictures

Politically correct MS verbiage forecasting
Politically correct MS verbiage recommend photo

Politically correct MS verbiage pics
Politically correct MS verbiage pictures

Politically correct MS verbiage Politically correct MS verbiage new photo
Politically correct MS verbiage new foto

images Politically correct MS verbiage
picture Politically correct MS verbiage

Watch Politically correct MS verbiage video
Watch Politically correct MS verbiage video

Discussion on this topic: Politically correct MS verbiage, politically-correct-ms-verbiage/
Forum on this topic: Politically correct MS verbiage, politically-correct-ms-verbiage/ , politically-correct-ms-verbiage/

Related News

I hope that by looking at these images it might help them get a better feel for what their loved ones suffering from this debilitating illness are going through
Diet for Healthy Skin
Eat this: Quark
Long, Healthy Nails
How to Make the Worlds Best Guilt-Free Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Can a Mole be Tattooed Over
Best Haircuts for Women Fall-Winter 2019
Mountain Falls Daily Acne Control Facial Cleanser Review
How to Personalize Google News
How to Dye Your Hair Red
How to Get Ready for a Puppy
3 Ways to Cook a Duck
Sleep Apnea May Raise Heart Risks in People With Pacemakers

Date: 09.12.2018, 14:33 / Views: 84131