I'm looking for a noun to suffix to a condition to refer to the person who has that condition.
Existing words are like:
Cancer patients are subject to chemotherapy which causes them to lose their hair.
The problem with patient is that a patient is someone in the care of a health service, whereas I'm wanting to refer to people who are living with that condition in general.
Suffererers of depression often find that they can not get themselves out of bed in the morning, they feel paralysed.
Sufferer is a loaded term, I don't want to imply that living with the condition is a negative experience.