Living with a chronic condition can have a big impact on your identity. And if you are a parent of a child with a chronic condition, their diagnosis can also have an impact on their identity. I recently posted an article on this topic, focused on adults with bleeding disorders, and parents of kids with bleeding disorders. But I think there is information in the article that is relevant for any chronic condition. https://justgotdiagnosed.com/resources/your-childs-identity-your-identity/
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Dr. Gary McClain
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Q: I was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and I am really trying to face up to this condition and maintain my independence. But there are days when I know I need help. My family is telling me that I am being stubborn when all I am trying to do is be a Fighter. When is it time to ask for help?
A: Fighters may have a reputation as the ideal role models but they aren’t always good at seeking out support unless someone shows them how much worse things will be if they don’t.
Fighters often view themselves as so in control of their situation that they can handle every...