I have been going out with a wonderful man for the past two and a half years. We are planning on moving in together in a couple of months time and having a bright future ahead of us.
I was at his flat today and I noticed a letter on a shelf dated early May. It just caught my eye and (without moving it) I read ‘blood tests’. I asked him about it when he returned to the room and he said that he also had had an MRI done and has suspected MS. Shocked He’s quite sure it is MS (and discussed it with the doctor) but needs the diagnosis to be confirmed via the MRI by a consultant. Because he’s so busy he said that it may be September before he can go back for an appointment.
This is a bombshell on a number of levels.
Firstly, the MS. I hope that he will stay strong and live life fully but I’m scared as I don’t know what affect it will have on him and on our relationship as there are different variations of it and people has such different experiences of having it. I need to do more reading up about it but it sounds utterly frightening to me. I will do my best to support him and will be there for him.
Secondly, I’m absolutely gutted that he didn’t tell me he was going through tests. He said he ‘didn’t want to worry me’. That’s kind of him but I feel shut out by it. I want a partner to be open and honest with me about things. I’m doing my best not to be annoyed with him as I understand there are different ways of coping with things but yes I just wish he could have felt he could have been more open.
Thirdly, he’s going to wait until September to find out the results and there’s no changing his mind about this.
He also doesn’t want his family knowing about all of this so now I must respect that and I am now being dragged into this secrecy when I feel like they should know. I can’t talk to anyone about this.
I’m feeling so many different emotions right now.
If anyone has any advice or can share their experiences (especially about relationships while having MS) I would be grateful.