This post and image are graciously contributed by Ilse de Cock. Find more of Ilse’s writing about life with lupus in Dutch and English at LupusLeven.com
My illness, lupus, can attack at any moment, in any organ, in every severity for the rest of my life. To me, the most difficult part of being chronically ill is the effect it had on my own self-esteem.
When you think about who you are, you probably form a kind of “mini-me” in your head. You look at yourself in a certain way. You observe your character and you see how you behave and feel in relation to others. Maybe, you even think about how much you think you’re worth. Your self-esteem relates to the image you have of yourself and how you value it.