🍃💙🌰💛 When out on romantic drive for an excursion lunch date this is what your lunch can look like when you are working away from chronic illness with an organic, gluten free, grain free, raw vegan diet.🌱😳🌱 The dates and outings my partner and I go on generally consist of a meal and a physical excursion. 🍲🍡💪 Well, things have changed drastically in our relationship since I had Shingles twice last year, and I can’t function the way I used to. 🙀 We’d go eat and explore our way through cities and coastal towns. We’d go for jogs, hikes, going miles and miles on foot, exploring together. 🌁🗻🛤🛣🏞🏝🌃🌆🏟🌄🌅🌌🌠 We would cook together, enjoy my gluten free baked goods with our morning coffee together, and share evening chocolatey treats together. 🍽🍞🍪🍫 We both have pallets that love fine foods so he would take me out to breakfast, lunch, or dinner rather often to explore exotic cuisines. But beginning in March of last year I had Shingles for the first time and for the rest of the year I couldn’t do any of that any longer.😕 When I felt slightly good enough I tried but I often became too ill to do anything let alone explore on foot or engage in such culinary exploration. I became afraid of food because I reacted to everything.🌶🙅🏽🍓 My diet became so limited and I was so fatigued and frustrated that we stopped cooking together and going out to meals. He tried anything he could do to support me but I felt so guilty I gave up subjecting him to my limits and told him to just do his own thing for his meals. 💙💙 That was a huge blow to our foundation as a couple. As well, the piece around me not being able to explore on foot also hit us hard. He never complained, he has stayed solidly in support of everything I need to get better. 💛💛 No matter what modality I tried, he supported me. When I was too sick to work he paid my bills. When I was too sick to make myself food, he did. When I was in tears he held me. He has been my physical and emotional pillar to my healing.
I find this post so important to shed light on relationships and illness. People with illness need unconditional support from their partners like I have received. 💛💖 If not for him, at times, I would have felt completely alone on my path to wellness. He has seen my autoimmune flares, my sadness, my frustration, and hours of my tears. He had never dealt with illness before but he now understands illness, he has compassion for it, and he believes in my cause to create awareness for people living with chronic illness and compassionate living. ✨To know his holding me in support of my health and my passions is so powerful for our relationship, I feel held and understood. 💛Yes, I am still healing but without the support from him I would not have able to heal to the extent I have thus far. I am eternally grateful!🙌🙌🙌