It can be all too easy to begin losing pieces of your identity to your diagnoses, especially when it invades your thoughts, forces you to spend your time scheduling appointments around it and drains your energy. There will be moments when it feels like we are more of a patient than a father, wife, sister, creative being, an individual worthy and deserving of compassion and love.
It’s okay to let go of that overwhelming power that our diagnoses can have over us - it doesn’t validate our experiences any less by consciously accepting what is and telling your diagnosis that it is not who we are.
I fight this internal conflict often because, like our conditions, managing the mental and emotional comorbidities are also chronic, constant and difficult to navigate. It helps to take a few purposeful breaths and remind ourselves that we are doing our best.
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