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Losing My Last Name With Marriage, Do I Lose My Identity?

Am I supposed to just leave my identity all behind because I got married? Am I really expected to drop my last name, pick up his, and go on with my life?

What about this identity I have built for myself? What about my family history? What about the legacy of my last name, especially if there are no more men in the family to keep our last name “alive”?

Am I the only one that fears losing my identity for the love of my life?

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