You Are More Than Your Diagnosis

Empowering Lives Through Treatment Centers


In a world where labels and diagnoses often define us, it’s crucial to remember that we are, in fact, more than our medical conditions. The journey of life is a complex and beautiful tapestry, and our diagnoses are just one small thread in the grand design. This blog explores the idea that we are more than our diagnoses and how treatment centers, exemplified by Corner Canyon Health Centers, play a pivotal role in teaching and empowering clients to recognize this fundamental truth.

Embracing Diversity

Diagnoses can encompass a wide range of conditions, from physical disabilities to mental health disorders. Yet, each individual is unique, and our diagnoses don’t define our entire identity. Embracing diversity means celebrating the richness of human experience, which includes the vast array of abilities and challenges.

At Corner Canyon Health Centers, this celebration of diversity goes beyond mere acceptance. They actively foster an environment that values and cherishes the unique qualities and perspectives that each client brings to the table.

Overcoming Stigmas

One of the unfortunate consequences of diagnosis is the stigma often associated with it. People may be judged or misunderstood because of their condition. It’s essential to challenge these stigmas and recognize that individuals with diagnoses can lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.

The dedicated staff at Corner Canyon Health Centers work tirelessly to break down these stigmas. They engage in educational programs and public awareness campaigns to fight against discrimination, emphasizing that a diagnosis should never limit an individual’s potential or worth.

Personal Growth and Resilience

Living with a diagnosis often requires immense strength and resilience. These challenges can lead to personal growth, increased empathy, and a deeper understanding of life’s complexities. It’s important to highlight the stories of individuals who have turned their diagnoses into sources of strength and motivation.

Corner Canyon Health Centers places great emphasis on fostering personal growth through their treatment programs. They provide tools and support that empower clients to navigate the challenges associated with their diagnoses and emerge as stronger, more resilient individuals.

Shifting the Narrative

Media and society sometimes perpetuate a negative narrative around diagnoses, focusing on limitations rather than possibilities. Shifting this narrative involves showcasing the achievements and contributions of individuals with diagnoses, proving that they are integral parts of our communities.

Corner Canyon Health Centers actively collaborate with their clients to co-create narratives of success and triumph. By sharing these stories within and beyond the community, they encourage a broader shift in society’s perspective, one that recognizes the incredible potential of individuals living with diagnoses.

The Importance of Inclusivity

Inclusivity goes beyond mere tolerance; it’s about recognizing and valuing the contributions of all individuals, regardless of their diagnoses. It involves creating accessible environments, embracing neurodiversity, and providing support where needed.

At Corner Canyon Health Centers, inclusivity is not just a principle but a core practice. They ensure that every client, regardless of their diagnosis, feels welcome and accommodated, making it possible for them to participate fully in all aspects of life.

Breaking Down Barriers

Society often constructs barriers that hinder the participation of individuals with diagnoses in education, employment, and social activities. Breaking down these barriers not only benefits those with diagnoses but enriches society as a whole by tapping into a diverse range of talents and perspectives.

Corner Canyon Health Centers collaborate with educational and vocational institutions to create pathways for clients to pursue their aspirations. They work on removing institutional and societal barriers, fostering an inclusive society where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

Empathy and Compassion

Understanding that everyone faces unique challenges encourages empathy and compassion. When we realize that we are more than our diagnoses, we become more accepting of the struggles and triumphs of others, fostering a more compassionate world.

The staff at Corner Canyon Health Centers leads by example, demonstrating empathy and compassion in their daily interactions with clients. They encourage a culture of understanding and support, helping clients see that their humanity extends far beyond their diagnoses.

Achieving Balance

Balancing the acknowledgment of a diagnosis with the recognition of the whole person is a delicate task. It’s about neither denying the challenges nor defining individuals solely by their conditions, but rather finding a harmonious coexistence of both aspects.

At Corner Canyon Health Centers, striking this balance is at the core of their treatment philosophy. They guide clients to integrate their diagnoses into their broader life stories, helping them realize that they are individuals with unique qualities and experiences that extend beyond their conditions.

Celebrating the Human Spirit

At its core, the message is clear: we are all unique, and our diagnoses are just a small part of what makes us human. By celebrating the human spirit in all its forms, we can create a world that values and respects each individual for who they are.

Corner Canyon Health Centers actively celebrate the human spirit by organizing events, activities, and community gatherings that emphasize the unique contributions and talents of their clients. Through these celebrations, clients learn that they are valued and cherished for who they are as individuals.

Corner Canyon Health Centers: A Beacon of Empowerment

What sets treatment centers like Corner Canyon Health Centers apart is the profound understanding that most of the staff themselves are on their own journeys of living with their diagnoses. Through their personal experiences, they have come to the realization that they are not defined by their conditions. This unique perspective enriches the treatment center’s approach in several ways:

Empathy and Relatability

The staff’s personal journeys create a deep well of empathy. They can relate to the challenges, fears, and triumphs that clients experience, making the therapeutic relationship more meaningful and supportive.

The staff’s own experiences allow them to connect with clients on a deeply personal level. They often serve as mentors and guides, helping clients navigate their own journeys with the wisdom and insight gained from their own experiences.

Living Examples

The staff serves as living examples that life is more than a diagnosis. By leading fulfilling lives and contributing to the well-being of clients, they inspire hope and provide concrete proof that one’s identity transcends medical labels.

These staff members often share their own stories of personal growth, resilience, and accomplishments. They become living testaments to the fact that individuals can lead rich, fulfilling lives that extend far beyond their diagnoses.

Shared Learning

Through shared experiences, both staff and clients learn from each other. This two-way exchange of knowledge and wisdom fosters an atmosphere of mutual growth and empowerment.

The treatment center actively encourages a learning environment where both staff and clients share their insights and strategies for coping with diagnoses. This collaborative approach enhances the learning experience for everyone involved.


The staff’s openness about their journeys helps destigmatize diagnoses in the broader community. They challenge preconceived notions and prejudices, shifting the narrative to one that celebrates human diversity and resilience.

Staff members actively participate in community outreach, sharing their stories and experiences with local organizations and schools. They advocate for a more inclusive and accepting society that views diagnoses not as limitations but as aspects of the beautiful tapestry of human diversity.

Incorporating the insight that most of the staff at Corner Canyon Health Centers have traversed their own paths of living with diagnoses and have realized that they are not defined by them, the center creates a supportive and inclusive environment where clients can truly embrace the belief that they too are more than their diagnoses. This shared understanding forms the bedrock of a therapeutic approach that is both compassionate and empowering.


The journey of life is a beautifully complex one, and our diagnoses are just one chapter in our stories. We are more than our labels; we are a sum of our experiences, dreams, and aspirations. Embracing the full spectrum of humanity, regardless of diagnoses, is the path to a more inclusive, empathetic, and compassionate world. Remember, you are more than your diagnosis, and so is everyone you meet on this incredible journey called life. With treatment centers like Corner Canyon Health Centers leading the way, the realization that we are not our diagnoses becomes a beacon of empowerment and hope for all.

About the Author

Brandi Barefoot is the swing shift supervisor in the Residential Treatment Program at Corner Canyon Health Centers, and she has extensive experience working in mental health and addiction treatment centers. Her experience and education have led her to a comprehensive understanding of holistic care, and her personal experiences have given her an unwavering passion and commitment to the field. Through her writing she strives to break down barriers, foster understanding, and promote a brighter future for individuals and communities affected by mental health and addiction concerns. She has a comprehensive understanding of the work Corner Canyon does and shares some of it in her blogs.

Liz Lund, MPA

Liz is originally from lush green Washington State. She is a life enthusiast and a huge fan of people. Liz has always loved learning why people are the way they are. She moved to UT in 2013 and completed her bachelors degree in Psychology in 2016. After college Liz worked at a residential treatment center and found that she was not only passionate about people, but also administration. Liz is recently finished her MPA in April 2022. Liz loves serving people and is excited and looking forward to learning about; and from our clients here at Corner Canyon.
When Liz is not busy working she love being outdoors, eating ice cream, taking naps, and spending time with her precious baby girl and sweet husband.