YOU ARE NOT YOUR DIAGNOSIS.
Read that again.
According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, a diagnosis is, “the art or act of identifying a disease from its signs and symptoms”.
We’ve all done it before… we go to the symptom checker on WebMD and begin to match our symptoms so we can get an answer to what’s going on (I’m totally guilty of this, too). The latest podcast episode about chronic diseases pushed more ideas in our heads with new names to identify our issue. Maybe there’s a chance you finally will get an answer!
Then you get your answer – you are diagnosed with a condition you can call your own. It’s like a comfortable sweatshirt that you can throw over your head to shove your symptoms into one area. How long are you willing to wear that sweatshirt?
Is it really yours to keep for life?
During intakes with my clients, I often hear them begin to identify with the diagnosis that was given by their doctor*; they are well-versed on their symptoms, have paperwork to prove their blood and hormone levels, and tend to shift their identity to the diagnosis. It is a part of them. They’ve zipped up the sweatshirt and throw on the hood to feel comforted.
*Sidenote: I am not questioning or disagreeing with any medical professional or their diagnosis. Western Medicine has a great place in our society and the doctors have an incredible amount of knowledge.
BUT, your ‘label’ just describes, it doesn’t define. The thing about descriptions? They can change. And that is empowering.
We are not doomed to what we are told what’s wrong with us! Letting go of a label frees up space for us to change; change our environment, our attitude, our diet, our activity, our life. It gives us a chance to reassess where we are mentally and emotionally. We have to be ready to let go and let change happen.
Take off your hood, unzip the sweatshirt, and realize you are more than your diagnosis. You are not doomed. You have opened the door to change and have the chance to re-fuel your body to get better!
In the words of Hippocrates,
“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity”