When you live with chronic illness, one of the things you may hear quite often is a version of “not letting the illness define you” either as a caution or warning from other people or as a fear that you hold yourself as you struggle to hang on to your former life, abilities and identity.
But where does this thing about “not letting the illness define you” come from though and does it have any connection to things like acceptance, denial, gaslighting, disability or ableism?
In Episode 6 of Season 3 of The Emotional Autoimmunity Podcast, I take a deep dive into this complex and often triggering topic of “not letting the illness define you” to explore what it means for you and your experience of living with the reality of chronic illness.
There are so many layers to this and there’s a lot to go over so settle back, make yourself comfortable and let’s unravel all the interwoven parts of this tangled topic together.
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