Relationships & Chronic Illness

by on Monday, March 9, 2009 6:39
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loveThe NYTimes publishes articles about “Modern Love” that I often finding touching and interesting take on what relationships are about. I just read this article that is written by a man whose wife became a paraplegic in a car accident. It’s a wonderful story and I think it’s relevant here for two reasons: 1) it’s always useful to put things in perspective — being in a wheelchair sounds much more challenging that an ostomy; and 2) some loving relationships can overcome many challenges, including long and difficult illnesses and disabilities.

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4 Responses to “Relationships & Chronic Illness”

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    Abby says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    This is a wonderful article. I’ve been thinking a lot about relationships and dealing with illness. Words can’t express how grateful I am to my husband for supporting me as “we” go through this journey of UC and j-pouch. Sometimes though, I wonder why we are so surprised to hear about people sticking together when illness strikes? I’ve seen more goodness from people as I’ve dealt with my health issues than I ever saw before. I guess our culture has become so disposable, we aren’t really programmed to believe that people will stay around through the tough times. But there are so many people out there who will and are. Not that it’s easy by any means, but it what love is really about. Just some thoughts . . . Abby


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    sig says:

    March 11th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I loved that article also, what a beautiful love story there, and mentioned in my new blog too :-).


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    Jenelle says:

    March 11th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    It’s something I’ve thought a lot about, too. I think that, thankfully, most people don’t feel pressured to get married or “paired up” at a young age, so it’s common to see people in long-term relationships break-up. I think that this is a good thing because once we do find a good match, we know a lot about relationships and can build a much healthier relationship (of course, some people get lucky and find someone wonderful early). I know that for my partner, leaving me was not something he considered and we also have a sense of this is something that we’re going through together (and something that we’ll overcome). It’s just nice to hear someone write a beautiful article about what real relationships are like, and not a fairy tale version.


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    Lizz says:

    March 27th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    What a sweet and wonderful story:) That’s true love. Thanks for sharing!


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