When you’re sick (mentally or physically), your illness often gets tied up with your identity. You become “the sick one”. It doesn’t help we get labeled with so many diagnoses by doctors and other professionals and often feel like we’re only seen as those labels.
In recovery, we learn to separate ourselves from our illnesses. We create new identities for ourselves based on who we were before our illness, but sometimes we can’t remember back that far. Or sometimes we’ve changed so much that person no longer feels like who we are. Not a problem! Just consider who you want to be. What do you want your ideal self to look like? You get to create your own narrative.
You have the power to create a new identity independent of your illness.