My Illness Is Not My Identity

“A label is a mask life wears,” writes Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., one of the first pioneers in the mind, body, health field. “Labeling sets up an expectation of life that is often so compelling we can no longer see things as they really are. . . . In...

Entrusting Our Words

From my earliest stage of literacy, on a Fourth of July, I remember writing essays about freedom and identity. Certain things never changed: Freedom, in spite of how it is viewed, is still considered to be an essential value, and the sheer diversity of the country...
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