Today I want to talk about the challenges faced by those of us with rheumatic diseases in our relationships. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to hear of couples breaking up when one partner becomes sick and needs support or understanding. This can be incredibly upsetting for us.
However, it’s important to remember that the person we choose to be with should be there for us through thick and thin, in sickness and in health, whether we are married or not. If our partner is not able to support us during our illness, then it may be time to reevaluate the relationship.
My advice is to focus on ourselves, work on improving our health, and if our partner is not supportive or understanding, then it may be time to move on. I got married at 42 years old and my husband accepted me and my illness from the start. He knows that it may get worse, but he’s committed to standing by me as we face whatever challenges come our way.
We should all be warriors, putting ourselves first and not accepting anything less than the support and understanding we deserve. If our partner is not able to provide that, then it may be time to find someone who can.
I look forward to hearing your comments and wish you all a week free of flares.