Empathy and patience might be common characteristics for many partnerships, but they become essential when one or both people are living with a chronic condition.
For my husband and I, it’s both of us.
We agree that these two traits are critical to overcoming the challenges and setbacks that can be associated with our conditions.
We also have two toddlers in the house, so teamwork is especially important as flares can be debilitating to either of us.
When I experience a psoriasis flare-up or my husband has a migraine, we can recognize each other’s limits and step in to ensure that our kids get what they need.
Of course, our relationship isn’t just reliant on being each other’s caretakers. There’s more focus and need for a true partner and support system to make sure that there’s never any pent-up anger or resentment.
I wouldn’t say it’s lucky that we both understand firsthand how challenging a chronic condition can be, but it does help because we both get it. We both understand the frustration when our conditions force us to cancel plans or we don’t have the energy to get it all done.
Check out the article I wrote for Healthline HERE to learn about three ways you can support your partner living with a chronic disease.