All we really have are stories. We tell them to describe or frame what happened, to position ourselves, to identify our character amongst the narratives of life. When we tell our stories, however, they swirl off into the other oceans of stories that surround them. It is difficult to frame your identity through a story because the temporal nature of stories leaves no one without a listened that affects the identity of the teller.
Consider for a minute, the Terry Fox story. This story has been around since the early 80s. Terry Fox's story was told by him in the media and the media told, retold his story. As he became a folk hero for disability, Terry's story and therefore his identity shifted through the telling and retelling. Can we ever frame our own identity through story? I think not.