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  • Alyssa Abrahamson

Why I'm Not an Autoimmune Warrior

You know the Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney song, “The Girl is Mine” off the Thriller album?

There’s a part in the song where Paul and Michael have an exchange that kept playing in my head and cracking me up as I was writing and recording the newest episode of my podcast entitled, “Why I'm Not an AutoimmuneWarrior.”

The lyrics go like this….

Paul says,“Michael, we're not going to fight about this, okay.”

Michael replies, “Paul, I think I told you, I'm a lover not a fighter.”

Obviously you need to groove to this song today. Check it out.

When I think about how I now treat myself and my body, I’m aware I’ve softened over the years.

I’m now a lover, not a fighter.

A lot of this is due to growing older and wiser, but also living with chronic pain.

Over time I have learned that gentleness and self-compassion are more helpful and healing than self-criticism and being stern with myself.

Those of us with an autoimmune disease are told, “your body is attacking itself” or “your immune system is attacking your body.” One common response is to identify as an Autoimmune Warrior, or for people with RA like me, a Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior.

This signifies that we are fighters; that we must stay strong and battle against our illness because it’s a daily struggle that we have to endure.

Tune in to Episode 38 of my podcast, Positively Anti-Inflammatory, as I share a different perspective and explain Why I'm not an AutoimmuneWarrior.

Love, Your Wellness Coach,


September 15, 2021


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