By Hattie Gledwell in The Metro.
One of the most important aspects of being in a relationship when you have an invisible, chronic illness is that your partner is supportive.
There are a number of reasons for this, but it all mainly comes down to the fact that if your partner doesn’t understand what you’re living with, you’ll begin to lack understanding yourself.
As someone who lives with inflammatory bowel disease, and who has undergone several major surgeries in the process, it has been incredibly important that my partner has stood by me throughout the journey.
The journey was made that little bit easier by him taking the time to understand what I was going through, instead of just sitting along for the ride because he had to.
You can always tell when someone is just staying out of guilt, and when they’re staying because they genuinely want to be there.
If they aren’t interested in learning about the illness or focusing on how they can help you, it’s obvious they’re not with you for the right reasons.
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