Long term illnesses are a minefield to alot of people. I was diagnosed with UC back in February 07. I am 46, female and live in England.
I have been with my partner for 3 years now and we have lived together for 2 years. He is extremely supportive but sometimes i worry because i think the illness may drive him mad. Because we are only 3 yrs into the relationship, i worry about how he will feel about me if the illness gets worse as i feel tired and achy most of the time with this illness and sometimes i feel so tired, i just want to curl up in a ball and fall asleep, at any time of the day.
We have a new mortgage and so i need to work all day, but he helps out with housework and does all the ironing which helps me so much. Sometimes though, i feel he should not have to live with the pressure of me being ill, and always complaining about things and worrying about my health.
He is a very good man, one of the best, but alot of people find it difficult to deal with, or understand other peoples illnesses and some will react differently. I guess alot of people think their lives will change drastically if they live with someone who has a disease such as UC.
I hope your partner learns a little more about your illness and tries to help you through this.