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When Your Identity Is Stripped Away by Chronic Illness

Who are you? Your gifts, relationships, the roles you play?

Chronic illness (and any trauma really) will rob you of everything on your list at one time or another. It will take all that you thought you were, shatter it, and leave you to rebuild yourself in the light of humility.

Go ahead, scratch off each item … Every. Single. One.

I didn’t realize how vital being smart was to my identity until the brain fog hit and I had trouble keeping up at work. I don’t feel like I’m a capable parent on days when my daughters are taking care of me. I don’t feel tenacious when the most concrete thing I can produce in a day is dinner. I don’t feel like much of a wife when my husband has to wash my hair. What’s left of us when we scratch every adjective liking feelings beauty

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