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Hi Alisia,

Relationships can be difficult when you have a serious chronic disease. On one hand you really want your significant other's love and support, but you also don't want to be a burden and take away their life's dreams. The on the other hand not all people can handle or want to deal with an illness, whereas others want nothing other than to be with you no matter what. My first rheumy actually took one appointment to explain about the strain on relationships and breakups.

Initially my husband was in denial as a defense mechanism. It took many conversations the best one from my present rheumy to open his eyes. Now he is just frustrated that he can't be my knight in shining armor and wipe the disease away.

Each couple has to work out what is best for them.

Take care,
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