This is a question that everyone faces as they move through the various stages of their life. When you are unwell it can be easy to define yourself as "sick", "fatigued", "someone with depression, "someone with endometriosis" and so on. But this is not all there is to you.
Everyone has multiple selves. Multiple different aspects that combine and interact to make up who they are as a person. The way you define yourself in a job application, may be different to how you define yourself with friends, and again different from how you define yourself with doctors.
So you are so much more than your illness. It is important to remember this, so that you don't allow your illness to define you. There is always more, and there is always something positive. I'm not saying you have to feel positive about your illness, I'm simply suggesting that you make sure you're aware of something positive in your life. Even if it is only one small thing, when everything else seems bleak. Positivity tends to feed off positivity.
Beautiful Identities exists to help you remember that there is more to you than a diagnosis. In the next few years, we will be doing more and more to make this happen.
This week, I want you to think of different ways of defining yourself that don't include your illness. Think about what is important to you. Use the explore section if you need ideas. I know illness is a significant part of identity, but I think it can be beneficial to think about the parts of yourself that are separate from it.
So, who are you?
If you are interested in doing the survey, the link is in previous blogs, and on the homepa