Someone who was a significant source of motivation and inspiration for me died this week. Sean Stephenson. He gave us several life lessons that were particularly valuable to me. One "you are not your condition" really resonates. In it, he says "I am not disabled." Like him, as someone with a visually apparent disability, I have often thought this. Let me explain this important difference - being disabled is a mindset where as having a disability is a fact. Sean had osteogenesis imperfecta. I have cerebral palsy.
However, we are not disabled. We are not our conditions.
Sean said many other things. Here's a link to his Ted Talk: https://youtu.be/VaRO5-V1uK0