I may not be the same as I was ten years ago, five years ago, or even a year ago but I am still me.
I don't work as much as I used to. I go to the doctor more than any normal person. This year I should end up with just under 50 doctor appointments - which is down from a high of 80 or so a year.
I don't get out and do as much outside as I used to - skiing, skating, hiking, biking, roller blading and more have gone by the way side.
But I still do the things I like to do that I can. I just know they can take a lot out of me.
I feel sometimes I am the recipient of blame or finger pointing for all my health issues. Its not intentional but I know I have to control what I do so I spend fewer hours in pain recovering from what were previously normal activities. I am getting better at saying no to requests for things. I am learning to stand my ground and walk away from opportunities that would overtire me.
My husband makes dinner probably twice a week now. I also try to make something each week which can be eaten for a few nights. Going out to dinner can take more energy than I want to use.
But I'm still me. I just don't move as fast and need lots of naps.