By Dr. Mary Lee Cunill, Health and Interpersonal Communication Scholar In a time when we are recognizing health care professionals as essential workers and fighting for their right to cover up with PPE, why are we not fighting for their right to relax and recharge? Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. While pursuing my doctorate, I learned this is not true. And I don’t mean this in a figurative way. I mean it in a literal way. Language matters.