Two individuals dedicated to maintaining a relationship on a tight schedule can stay committed and connected with continual effort and communication.Making time for the relationship on a regular, consistent basis is key.Lately, I feel as if I don’t know how to date Paul, because while he seems to me to be improving with age (becoming more physically fit, excelling in new roles at work), I’m not. Because of my disease, I’ve had to give up my teaching career and exchange it for one as a stay-at-home mom/freelance writer.
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Staying upright and mobile, such as strolling through a museum, means two hours of walking, standing and pain in my legs. But now, as my disease progresses, the scariest part is that I don’t feel like the girl Paul used to date.
Back in the early days, the what-when-where of our dates didn’t matter. I don’t feel like the same girl who went parasailing in Catalina while Paul watched from the boat.
I don’t feel like the girl who bravely explored San Francisco while Paul was occupied in all-day trainings for work.
I’ve become a more apprehensive woman, a woman who limits her new experiences and approaches outings with a level of hesitation and fear.