Dating someone chronic pain
A young woman with multiple sclerosis told me that someone spit on her when she didn’t give up her seat to an older person on the subway.I feel frustrated and sad when young people tell me that they’ve been challenged by others in this way.This ignorance about young people with chronic illness has other consequences.Several young people have told me that they’ve been openly challenged when they park in a disabled spot, even though they have the required placard or sticker.A few months ago, I read an article in that was written by the wife of a 33 year-old-man who’d been diagnosed with the autoimmune disease, Ankylosing Spondylitis.
Everyone says it can’t possibly be the case, so maybe it’s all in my head.” This questioning can lead to self-recrimination and can seriously erode a young person’s self-esteem and sense of self-worth.
I probably am still considered in a lot of people’s eyes [to be] youthful enough that I shouldn’t have to deal with thinking about this kind of stuff.
I feel like my parents were still partying and drinking beers [at 33]. I don’t think [he] was worrying about what [expletive deleted] pills he was going to take or not take, you know what I mean?
It’s a sobering thought to reflect on how unlikely it would be for me to find romance were I young.
That said, it can happen if an understanding and patient person enters the life of a young person who is chronically ill. One woman told me that she met her fiancé online through a dating site (be sure it’s a legitimate one). College is usually a ticket to brighter employment prospects.