We see or hear these words every day.
Former England cricket captain Tony Greig used them to describe his diagnosis: “Vivian (his wife) and I are going to put the boxing gloves on and fight this like we’ve never fought anything before.”
Fellow commentator Ian Healy said, “It’s terrible, but one thing he is though, is tough”, in a News Ltd. article describing Greig’s “battle”.
Former cricketer, Tony Greig, image via newstribe.com.
But are military metaphors the healthiest way to describe a diagnosis?
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