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Your disease is not your identity

You are not your IBS. You are not your eczema. You are not your anxiety.

Too often we become consumed with labeling our health issues and letting them dominate who we are. Saying "I have X" or "I am a Y" is sticking a label on our forehead which is damaging in two major ways. First, we stop believing that we can get well and so resign ourselves to a life of discomfort, inconvenience and pain, because it's just us - something that we "have". Second - I mentioned in an earlier post how the body speaks the mind. So if our mind believes that we "have" something ("I have IBS") or "are" something ("I am an insomniac") then it will keep on sending those negative