Being stuck in your illness and making it your identity can become very self destructive. When we make our illness our identity we lose the power within us to make positive changes to improve our health. By doing this, we moved it in permanently and make it a resident and by doing so it will always be there in every aspect of our life. It becomes who we are. We will use it as a crutch to not making any shifts in our situation and we become almost dependent on that identity and integrate it in everything we do. I know because I did this for 11 years and know how much making your illness your identity can destroy your health and relationships.