(Here’s the second contributor blog, from my boyfriend, Max. He shares his views on Fibromyalgia.)
I can’t believe its been almost a year since I first met Georgie, like all good love stories, it started with a swipe right.
From the moment we started talking its been trying to shut us up that’s been the real trick. The first date we went on I could barely get a word in with Georgie telling me everything there is to know about her, then getting distracted as an ambulance went past. It was great! I could sit back, smile, nod, this whole dating thing was easy! Don’t know what all the fuss was about. But no, since then, I’ve come to know Georgie as the kind, loving and strong person she is that puts her family and friends first and who will always be there when you need her. We’ve been to Berlin together, Milan together, and we can’t forget the mighty Eastbourne together! We’ve been all around Europe together and we’re going around the world together to Japan and New York next year. I can’t imagine my life without her, honestly don’t know how I made it this far, she is everything to me and I can’t wait to share the rest of my life with her.
Now for the not so good bit, obviously if you’re reading this blog then you know Georgie has Fibromyalgia and Endometriosis, both of which, are fucking shit! Now I don’t pretend to know how hard it is living with these conditions, but I’ve seen first hand how hard it is for Georgie at times, days when it has been a struggle for her just to get out of bed, days when she’s been rushed off to hospital because the pain was just so much. The worst part is that there is nothing you can do except be there with her, you can’t even hug her without causing her intense pain. The fact that anyone can function as a human with these conditions frankly shocks me and what shocks me most is how little help there is for people suffering from these conditions, there are specialised clinics that can help you manage with the effects of these conditions but they have at least a 3 month waiting list where you have to get referred to from a doctor, until then its basically chin up, carry on, and even then, it doesn’t cure them, it only helps you manage the pain.
I’m so happy that I’ve met the most wonderful and strong person that is Georgie, even if I drive her crazy at times, I’m so proud of how she’s fighting this each day, and that we’re slowly moving forward together, one step at a time, forever and always.