Relationships and Love on MS
Sometimes MS is a dating non-issue. And sometimes it's a dealbreaker. Watch as young adults with multiple sclerosis share their own relationship ups and downs.
Brooke: I always drop my MS bomb on the first date. Daria: I feel like he didn't understand in the beginning. Julie: MS played a big role in me ending the relationship. Karen: I said, this is why I am the way I am. Julie: He always made me feel like he was doing me a little bit of a favor. And then I realized like, no, you're not. Daria: And I'm telling him expressing to him like, I'm tired, I need a moment or I can't remember certain things. In my mind. I'm telling you that I'm having a bad, this is not a good day for me. He's like, oh, yeah, me neither. Karen: We were just friends at the time. And he mentioned, you know, why are you so positive all the time? Not that you're always bubbly, but he wanted to know why I was carrying that. I didn't say anything. I just sent him my MS page, the walk MS page. And the minute he read that, he said, whoa. Kristine: When I called him, I was walking from the neurologist's office when he gave me the results from my scans. And I'm calling him and he's like, just comforting me. You know, doing what, you know, a good boyfriend would do and saying, I know this sucks. We're going get through it. You know, which was a big relief, obviously, because you're just like, wow, what does this. now do to our relationship? Julie: You have to realize that you can't feel bad about who you are. Daria: I had to, like, send him little articles or like kind of try and educate him about, like what MS is. And it's like an invisible disease. So, he was more knowledgeable about it. Brooke: I think it really depends on the person that you're around, the person I'm dating now he was really great about it. He was like, oh, that's interesting. We could talk more about that another time. OK, great. But it's not like a deal breaker. And he's like, no, why would it be a deal breaker? You're just a nice guy.