Abstract

Issues of identity among people with fatigue from multiple sclerosis were explored. Participants experienced changes in self-perception and struggled with not seeing themselves as busy and active as before MS. Some described a mourning process which led to resolution of a new identity. The findings have implications for health educators.

Keywords

Multiple Sclerosis; identity; fatigue

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“I was the ‘Energizer Bunny’ and now I’m the turtle’The effect of fatigue on the identity of people living with multiple sclerosis

Issues of identity among people with fatigue from multiple sclerosis were explored. Participants experienced changes in self-perception and struggled with not seeing themselves as busy and active as before MS. Some described a mourning process which led to resolution of a new identity. The findings have implications for health educators.