Post Edited (MMMNAVY) : 8/11/2008 10:02:18 AM (GMT-6)
Having Crohn's has changed my life -- in some really positive ways and in some more difficult ways. But, having to deal with a chronic illness has allowed me to grow in ways that I hadn't. It allows me to appreciate life in a way that I took for granted as a totally healthy, active person. It is not the end of the world, it's just something to deal with along the way. Another responsibility, if I can put it that way.
When I meet people I tend to tell them rather quickly... about a week sounds right. I take meds and other things that I'd rather have explained up front. If someone can't handle the "weight" of this responsibility of mine, I just move on. I met one guy that admitted he was a "fair-weather dater". I was happy to move on. Life is not always pretty and being able to handle the ups as well as the downs is a strength. Any long term relationship has got to be able to support the "ugly" side of life too. Otherwise we may as well grow old alone...
Just my perspective... which is always slightly skewed! ;-)