Define yourself. Well for me, that would be hard to do without defining the impact of my disease but it’s do-able. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is: your disease does not define who you are. Sure it’s a part of you, but it’s not all of you. This was a point that was hard to get in my head at first since my whole life has revolved around my illness for the past three years.
It’s important to really know what defines who you are. Is it your smile, your big eyes or your amazing personality? Whatever it is, it shouldn’t be your illness. Your illness is just something that is an obstacle to overcome. It gives you the tools to be able to alter your personality for the better or worse. For me, I can say it’s been for the best. I’ve learned to be more thankful, independent, honest, and brave. My pain tolerance has soared since getting sick. I feel like I can take most of anything that comes my way now. My illness has prepared me for the unexpected obstacles in my life, and for that reason I am super thankful. I am not saying it is even close to easy, but always try to turn something negative into a positive. This concept helps you have a better outlook over all. You need to look at the world with a glass half full if you expect to go anywhere good in life.
Just remember, the physical aspects of life don’t always define who you are or who you could be.