When we enter the mental health system it is very difficult to maintain the ability to remember who we are aside from our diagnoses and out symptoms, especially as this is mainly what the doctors talk about – I mean, it’s their job right? However, in our personal lives, we are so much more than our illness. You are not bipolar, or schizophrenia or borderline – you are yourself who happens to have an affliction, an illness, a challenge which although it may spend years taking up every moment of your life is a part of your journey and yes a part of who you are, but it IS NOT WHO YOU ARE.
You are more than a label, and this is what this poem is about, being more than that. You are more than tick sheets and DSM-V diagnoses would like you to believe.