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How to Love the Skin You're In When Chronic Illness Causes an Identity Crisis

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When chronic illness poses a threat to your identity, it isn’t easy to reach acceptance of who you are. The person you used to be is no longer, and the person you’d like to become is unknown.

Being diagnosed with any chronic illness alters our reality — past, present, and future. When I was diagnosed with HIV in the mid-90s, it caused such a shift in my reality.

I was a new mom, 19 years old, and hadn’t a clue what was to come. At the time, the only reality depicted around HIV was death.

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