If you were looking for a way to consider your medical situation, which would you choose?
~From the cover of a book handed to me at the doctor's office, the subtitle of Women and Autoimmune Disease:
THE MYSTERIOUS WAYS YOUR BODY BETRAYS ITSELF
~Or, from the text of Susan Sontag's Illness as Metaphor:
"My point is that illness is not a metaphor, and the the most truthful way of regarding illness–and the healthiest way of being ill–is one most purified of, most resistant to, metaphoric thinking."
Here at the end of a long day that included the seven little salmon-colored methotrexate pills, a newly-reduced dose of prednisone (5 mg), more of a reaction to the former than I've had for a month and no idea whether the pain I'm experiencing could possibly be such a quick reaction to a lower dose of the latter, I'm thinking I'll choose Sontag.
Which is a tough choice for an English major who loves the metaphors…
(P.S. Think the author of the first one would use that kind of phrase in a book about Men and Autoimmune Disease?)