We don’t even have the diagnosis yet.
the cure is worse than the disease.
That is clever.
But the only disease identities that most mainstream people accept are the flashy ones or the high population ones. So you can be HIV+, deaf or diabetic, but not a person with herpes or shingles. The weirdest one is cancer survivor just because it’s a negative identity.
@LK: I don’t think it’s “flashy” ones, it’s untreatable ones where the symptoms can be controlled to an extent but you’ll always have it. Then because it’s with you all the time and it affects how you live, it ends up as part of your identity. I comment as an epileptic though, so I may be biased.
Good examples of this are found with blindness, deafness, etc, where there are active disagreements – as potential cures become more likely, they are actively rejected by some.
Perhaps too long for a T-shirt, but still an excellent philosophical definition of identity.
You’re just not using the right medicine, or not enough of it. 625 micrograms should bring prompt temporary relief.