However, many of the women I worked with did go on to develop healthy relationships.
Some are married, some have had a series of partners, friends, lovers etc.
Besides, if he was anything like other guys she had pursued, she didn’t think he’d be able to handle it. For Pierce, the most extreme cases were when the doctor told her parents she wouldn’t make it through the night, either because she had stopped breathing or was dangerously anemic, weighing in at 63 pounds.
On more ordinary days, she experiences stomach issues and a chronic cough, among other non-terminal-but-annoying symptoms caused by medicines that suppress her illnesses.
The question of when to share the illness with a prospective partner fills online forums, videos, articles, blogs, conferences, and discussions.
“Don’t even tempt me.”That was Ashley Pierce’s response when her friend Tammi tried to set her up with Walter.
Having spent a good portion of the last 10 years in a Las Vegas hospital bed, Pierce didn’t even want to entertain the thought of dating. He never backed out.“I never thought someone would marry me with my conditions,” 26-year-old Pierce recently wrote in a Facebook status. Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis—chronic inflammatory conditions that affect the gastrointestinal and digestive tracts and include complications ranging from abdominal cramps to malnutrition.
I stopped dating, since being alone was just easier, and it felt good. I'm not healthy now, but I'm not nearly as sick as I have been.
About six months ago, I decided I was tired of waiting for my body to catch up and was fully ready for a relationship again.