Dating With Crohn’s Disease: Helpful Tips to Steer Your Relationship
Anyone can have Crohn’s disease. It is not specific to any age. Most of the time, Crohn’s disease presents itself in the late teens and early ’20s. That’s when many are captivated with the dating fever.
You see, receiving a Crohn’s disease diagnosis can be very difficult irrespective of how old you are. And when you’re dating with Crohn’s disease, you may wonder when you should tell your date about the condition. Here are some few tips to help you steer your relationship in the event of a Crohn’s diagnosis.
Social networking & Crohn’s disease
A helpful tip when dating with Crohn’s disease is to establish connections with people having the same issues. There’s that possibility that they’ve experienced some hiccups in dating and will have a better understanding of how you feel. You can start with Internet forums for Crohn’s patients. You can also try out social networking sites like MeetAnOstomate.org or Ostodate.com.
But there’s another thing you should know. Studies have shown that there’s a genetic undertone to Crohn’s disease. Some alterations in genetic code appear to increase susceptibility to inflammatory bowel diseases, like Crohn’s. Because investigations on genetic linkages are still ongoing, people of childbearing age with Crohn’s may want to build relationships with people outside the Crohn’s community to minimize the potential risk in their offspring. However, it is important to note that how the body processes genetic information is not straightforward.
What to do about your symptoms when dating
After receiving your diagnosis, you may avoid new relationships until you’ve understood how to manage your symptoms. You may have to spend a lot of time learning about your symptoms, and how to manage them. Like every other chronic disorder, once you’ve mastered the art of managing your symptoms, you’ll be able to accommodate someone into your life.
One of the most disturbing symptoms is flare-ups. Flare-ups are very unpredictable, so you’re better off creating a plan on how to deal with it. Having a flexible partner will be most beneficial and will provide much-needed support.
When should you tell your partner?
One of the toughest decisions you will make when dating with Crohn’s is deciding when to tell your partner about your condition. No doubt, you won’t discuss this on your first date, but it is important to find out early on if your partner can cope with the situation.
Once you’ve gone on a few dates and you’re comfortable with your partner, you can bring up the topic. Keep the conversation as simple as possible. Don’t spend time divulging the intimate aspects of your symptoms. Just give a basic explanation of the disease and how it affects your life and work. However, you should emphasize to your partner that this won’t get in the way of your relationship.
If your partner has more questions, introduce them to any informational website about Crohn’s disease. You can also download factsheets and brochures about this disease before you converse.
How to deal with those who can’t deal
Here’s the truth: not everyone would like to date someone who has an underlying illness. So, it is better to clear things up earlier on rather than later in the relationship. By being upfront about your condition, you’ve displayed the highest level of honesty you can.
In some cases, when dating with Crohn’s disease, your partner may appear comfortable with the situation until you have a complication or a flare-up. Of course, you’ll feel hurt seeing your loved one withdraw from you, but then, you should understand that not everyone is capable of providing the support you so need. A strong partner is one who will be willing to stand by you in sickness and in health. Note that everyone gets sick at some point in their lives. So, it is important to find someone who will stand by you, no matter what.
There are many challenges and obstacles to overcome when dating with Crohn’s disease. However, you must be patient. Surround yourself with people who are willing and ready to stand by you.
Tonika Bruce, MSN, RN, MBA. is an accomplished nurse leader, published author, and personal development expert passionate about advancing healthcare management and quality patient outcomes.
She taps into the years of experience in healthcare management to produce credible and easy-to-understand health and leadership content. Her exceptional work has been featured in reputable publications, including Forbes, Recruiter, Inc, and the Color of Wellness magazine.