My dear patients !
Maybe for the one or the other of you the following might be important:
I sometimes write: “we”, for example “we know”. …
Who ? Who is “we” ?
“We” often refers to doctors and gastroenterologists, because they are the ones, who have been working on the field of inflammatory bowel disease IBD for years. The ones who gather experience , collect data and evaluate the data scientifically (which is so valuable !), who deal with and work on the field of IBD, inflammatory bowel disease.
But “we” also addresses all the people, who are affected by IBD themselves or have relatives or friends, who are affected. Who do have experience with the disease or do not have experience and want to gather information in an uncomplicated way.
I mean everyone who reads this and is willing to learn more. That`s also what “we” stands for.
And than I write: “you as a patient” … “my patients”.
In German more than in English language it is not clear wether I address male or female.
Of course I address both. I address each and every one of you. But to be quite honest: also as a woman who considers herself a feminist, who looks at the world from a very female point of view and who always has a very close eye on the position of women in society and how it is placed by media, advertisement etc., my goal on this Blog I.M. INFORMATION MATTERS is to give information on the issue of inflammatory bowel disease ,IBD.
If I was always writing “male patient…” and “female patient…” , continuing with …”his/her”… would be just too complicated for me. It would disturb my flow in writing. Maybe it would disturb your flow in reading my texts as well.
So : let`s keep it simple and uncomplicated here. I address each and every one of you. Male and female and diverse, girls and boys, Ladies and Gentlemen. My dear patients.