HeyIt Doesn't Have Me ,
Welcome to the forum. It is great that you were able to come to that mindset and subsequently do something about your illness. At times I have had problems allowing Lupus to define me. I will try harder to go that direction. At the moment, I have an ill child and am not working with my ailment at all. You could say I am predending it doesn't exist.
You are a great example of what to do.
Climbing off the sick bed,
I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.......Robert Frost