It takes a strong, patient, loving and kind man to have a girlfriend with chronic pain, a history of abuse and numerous mental health issues.
When I met my boyfriend Steven on June 3rd, 2018, I had no idea that we’d end up in a relationship. What were the chances that my FIRST DATE in over 15 years would introduce me to the man that I’d fall in love with?
It was a shock and quite a surprise. To both of us, might I add.
Things haven’t been as smooth as buttermilk, though. I’m easily triggered and due to this, I’d convince myself time and again that he was also abusive; that I’m only able to attract toxic men.
I was so afraid to let my guard down and allow him to get too close.
I’ll sometimes think that there’s no way that he truly loves me, because how could anyone?
I’m poor, on disability, experience depressive episodes, have recurring anxiety attacks and I’m often unable to go anywhere because I’m just too fatigued or in pain because fibromyalgia is an asshole.
On those days, he comes over and we play Pac-Man. Or we’ll cuddle up on the couch and watch TV together.
He plays with my hair and kisses me on the forehead. We both enjoy the little things in life and that makes me happy.
He also brings me food and in return, I love to cook for him as often as I can.
He’s the opposite of what I’d grown so accustomed to.
He’s reliable. Honest. He’s respectful of my distaste for overtly sexual talk. He’s affectionate and holds my hand in public. He even pushes me in my transport chair when we go someplace where there’s a lot of walking involved, without any complaint.
It gave my mother some peace knowing that I had him in my life now. They got along well and I’m glad that they were able to meet before she passed away.
He carried her casket.
He also has a strong faith in God, which is extremely important to me.
He buys me flowers each 3rd of the month. He hasn’t missed a single one. He tells me how much he loves me every day, but it’s not just words, it’s in his actions.
There are days when I’m just amazed at how much my life has changed because of him. He makes me smile and feel like perhaps I am lovable, after all.
Although there’s no way to know what the future holds, right now I feel so blessed and I pray that he’ll be a part of my life for many more years to come.