We are proud to share today’s entry from our beautiful Youth Editor, Emily in her ongoing series, Walking on Water – Living with Hydrocephalus.
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I thought I would write about something I never thought about before- dating someone and having to tell them about my hydrocephalus.
I recently began dating a very wonderful guy. He is sweet, funny, and loves the Lord. I was hesitant to tell him about my condition at first because I didn’t see it as being that big of an issue. My condition had not been causing me that many problems, so I didn’t feel the need to burden him. He was very understanding. It got me thinking, what will happen to me down the road?
My future husband is obviously going to need to be aware of my condition, in case anything happens to me. I was afraid to tell my boyfriend the extent of my condition because I did not want him to worry about me. But then I thought, what if something does? He is going to want to be by my side if anything were to happen to me.
So, for those of you who are dealing with a chronic condition or something that the people you love need to be aware of, I strongly encourage you to tell them. I am so lucky to have the support system that I do. I cannot think of anything better. I am also very lucky to have a boyfriend who understands that my condition is not something that I need to be tiptoed around because of. I do not need to be given special treatment just because of my hydrocephalus.
In 1 Corinthians, there is the wonderful passage about love always being patient and kind, never jealous, and so on. I have always loved this passage. I think it truly exemplifies what it means to love. 1 Corinthians 7 says, “it bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” This is never more true than with hydrocephalus. If those I love truly love me, they understand that this is not a life-altering thing. They know that I am meant to live my life as best I want to and I will do so with all my heart and soul. I am so blessed in my life to have so many people that love me.
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