Dating is weird in general, the whole getting to know a stranger thing. Dating with a chronic illness... now that’s just a whole different ballgame. Dating never seemed easy; dating while having a chronic illness is especially challenging.
There are so many different factors that can make dating with a chronic illness difficult and sometimes even scary. When do I tell them? How do I tell them? How much do I tell? How will they respond? Will they “get it”? Will it change the way they see me?
What I have learned is:
Navigating life with Fibromyalgia can be challenging. Personally for myself, I had to re-learn many things about my body and mind. I had to change my meal plan, sleep schedule, and aspects of my personal life. I was very into
Broaching the topic of sex seems less sensitive than it used to be, but to discuss it with someone who suffers from a chronic illness brings new waves of shame, anxiety and stress. How can you explain to anyone the unique struggles you and your partner face, the daily questions you ask yourself and the enormous strain it may put on one of the most seemingly natural parts of a relationship? I can’t tell you how many internet rabbit holes I went down in search of some form of advice that would tell me it gets better. I found myself face to face with countless articles that in essence commanded me to not let my chronic illness ruin my sex life.