The language we use when referring to people speaks volumes about what we think about them. How we think impacts our attitudes and approaches when addressing people. Labeling someone with their condition not only reduces them to just that, it also perpetuates stigmatizing perceptions. Those perceptions influence the efficacy of our social and public health policies addressing people living with those conditions. By placing the person first, their chronic condition is no longer the primary, defining characteristic, but one of several aspects of the whole person. We must speak, write, and think in a way that acknowledges the human being first.