It is important in any relationship to share your life and experiences with your partner. For people with cystic fibrosis, there is a unique aspect of your life that your partner will probably not be familiar with. Many people with cystic fibrosis have long and healthy relationships and have faced the same worries or concerns as you before.
Below, we have outlined a few words of wisdom from members of the cystic fibrosis community to guide you in the first steps of sharing all the details of your life with your partner.
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One of the more unanimous pieces of advice from members of the CF community, this approach embraces cystic fibrosis as part of your life and embraces the fact that someone who cares enough about you will not be scared away and will appreciate your openness and willingness to share your life with them.
A person who really cares for you will want to be included and informed about what’s happening in your life and will appreciate you sharing with them. However, it is important to make sure that you don’t overload them with too much information at one time. Remember, CF has been a part of your life since you were born. They are probably only just learning about it. Be sure to educate and share with them in manageable chunks.
Be sure they can handle CF affecting social life
Cystic fibrosis involves strict treatment regimens. It is important that you build a relationship with someone who is patient and understands that your health comes first. There will be times when last minute cancellations occur because of treatment or hospital visits. And you might not be up to as many outings as other people. As long as your health is as important to your partner as it is to you, there shouldn’t be any problems.
People with cystic fibrosis need to look for the same qualities we all search for in a relationship; someone who is patient, considerate, hard-working, thoughtful, committed, and loving. You may be scared to share your experience with cystic fibrosis too early in your relationship. But, according to the community, sticking with it and finding the person who’s always there for you is definitely worth it.
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Cystic Fibrosis & Dating. Jessica Gimeno. 2015. Accessed Sept 10, 2015
Cystic Fibrosis and Relationships. Cystic Fibrosis Trust. 2009. Accessed Sept 10, 2015
Sexual adaptation among single young adults with cystic fibrosis. CHEST Journal. Sept 1984. Accessed Sept 10, 2015