When most people think of Crohn’s Disease, probably one of the last adjectives that comes to mind is ROMANCE. In fact, Crohn’s Disease can make you feel the exact opposite of romantic. How in the world can extreme fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, or abdominal pain possibly put you in the mood for a fun-filled romantic evening with your loved one? If you’re flaring, struggling to deal with the side effects of your medication, desperately trying to avoid an infection this cold/flu season with your weakened immune system, or just plain worn out from the fight, odds are, romantic date nights are often pushed to the back burner.
Girl, we’ve been there.
We know how hard it is to get up the energy to put on a smile and bat your eyelashes at your spouse. We’ve experienced that brain fog trying to come up with something flirtacious to say at the drop of a hat when you feel like you’re going to fall over. We know what it’s like to want to snuggle up in baggy pj’s that hide your figure. We know the feeling of looking at yourself in the mirror and having to try extra hard to hide the dark circles under your eyes or cake on the make up to hide the sickly pale look. We know the struggle and sadness that might come from not being able to participate in indulging in the usual chocolate or fresh strawberries because you’re afraid of what might happen if you eat them.
With all of this going on in your life, why bother celebrating???
We also know the answer to that…because we CAN! Why should we Crohn’s warriors miss out on one of the most romantic holidays of the year just because our immune systems are on the warpath? It’s time to put the romance back in Crohn’s Disease!
Valentine’s Day isn’t just about the a hot night out on the town or stuffing your face full of chocolate. It’s about taking the time to share special moments and let your loved one know how much they mean to you.
Special moments can be created anytime, anywhere. And thank goodness you can’t eat diamonds or flowers 😉
Dealing with Crohn’s Disease is hard enough on your body, but it can also take its toll on your relationship with your spouse. We believe strongly in the beauty and strength that comes from a loving marriage. Just like it’s important to nourish your body, it’s important to be regularly taking the time to nourish your relationship with your spouse. Taking the time to get to know each other and connect is just as important as our daily pill intake.
We are not defined by our disease, and neither are our relationships, however, because our lives seem to revolve around managing our disease, it can sometimes feel like they are. If it feels like your conversations with your spouse have taken a turn towards the medical side, we have a solution to break the ice!
We here at Charmed Crohn’s Life put our heads together to come up with this Sweetheart’s Edition of 20 Questions just for Crohnies to help add the ZING to your Valentine’s Day that you can do out and about, or even in the comfort of your own home. We’ve even made it super easy for you – simply PRINT it out and you’re good to go! You can either cut these out into cards to draw from a deck…
Play Tic-Tac-Toe style!!!
If you’re loving all the downtime with your sweetie pie, we’ve even added several BONUS questions to keep the game going!
Even if you and your Valentine will be celebrating in the hospital this year, we hope these this game full of conversation starters will help you and your sweetie connect and strengthen your relationship.
We hope you love this Crohnie-style Valentine’s Game! Click HERE to access your free printables!
Happy Valentine’s Day!