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Let’s Talk About Love, Relationships, and Cystic Fibrosis

Romantic relationships and intimacy play a huge role in our lives, and perhaps even more so when living with cystic fibrosis (CF). At times, managing CF costs and daily treatments can feel isolating. For this reason, having a romantic partner can alleviate some of that emotional burden.

What do relationships look like for you?

We want to hear about you, your cystic fibrosis, and your relationships. Share your relationship story by taking some of the polls below, which are all anonymous.

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Community Poll

Which best describes you?

Barriers

Between daily treatments, doctor's appointments, and hospital visits, cystic fibrosis can be quite time-consuming for many. Since so much time is spent on self-care, some people may view their care as a barrier to developing new romantic relationships.

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Community Poll

Does cystic fibrosis keep you from starting new romantic relationships?

Intimacy

Intimacy encompasses a lot more than sex. Activities such as making dinner together, completing a puzzle, and back massages are great ways to connect both physically and emotionally.

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What is your favorite way to be intimate with your partner?

Sharing values

Finding the right partner is essential for a happy and healthy relationship. When starting a new relationship, it's important to look for someone with shared values and interests. When thinking about what the right partner would do, say, or think, ask yourself, "What are my values?" "What values do I want my partner to have, too?"

For people with cystic fibrosis, consider how (or if) you want your partner to be involved with your care. Do you want someone who sits with you while you do your treatments or someone who is willing to go to the clinic with you? Would you prefer to do these things alone?

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What qualities do you value most in a partner?

We want to hear about your relationships

Interested in sharing more about love and relationships with cystic fibrosis? Comment below with tips on ways you balance CF and your love life. Also, feel free to share your story about your relationship here.

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