Cystic fibrosis dating other people with cystic fibrosis
Oli: If I wasn't 100% sure about a date, I wouldn't tell them about my condition.
It was easy for me to hide it because I had my transplant at an early age, so I don’t show any obvious symptoms.
Sure, the things we go through are sometimes extremely different; he’s fighting his body while I’m fighting my mind. We’re just two people trying to fight the parts of our body that aren’t willingly co-operative. And most of all, dating someone with CF has changed my perspective on hospitals.
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I had no idea what cystic fibrosis (CF) was until I met my boyfriend on Bumble in September 2016. Afraid of getting close to someone just to lose them again.
We talked online for a week before actually meeting in person. Having no idea what CF was, I immediately went online and started researching it, trying to understand what it meant. The first thing I felt was sadness – some of my worst memories were in a hospital. But I knew that you can’t control if and when you lose someone. Like I have to make room in my purse for his medication.
I have spoken to a few people with CF throughout my life, from a distance, and sadly most of them have died.
In spite of this, I would absolutely encourage those with CF to connect with others in the same position as it can be enormously helpful and comforting.
Since then I’ve been reluctant to make friends with other people with CF.Mahi: People tend to take it one of three ways when I tell them I have CF.They either go and do research on it, googgle everything about it.I used to be quite self-conscious about it, but I find it best to be open and up front about everything, because it is a big part of my life.Also there are things that I do that others don’t when I’m on a date.