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Diabetes and Your Marriage
Making Things Work

by Paula M. Trief, PhD

Commit to nurturing the relationship. If your relationship is in trouble, admit it, talk about it, and recommit to nurturing the relationship. You can set aside time to take a daily walk and talk, go out on a weekly “date,” find ways to be thoughtful of each other (such as offering flowers or doing your partner’s chores), kiss good night, and make an effort to express physical closeness.

There is no standard for a healthy, satisfying relationship, and there are no limits on ways to develop and maintain one. Think about what happens in your relationship, and come up with creative ways to make things better. If you need some help, see a couples therapist. Often, a few sessions with an impartial observer can help you clarify the issues and develop a strategy to address them.

If you and your partner think of diabetes as a challenge that can either help or hurt your relationship — and choose to focus on what you have, not what you don’t have — you can be grateful that there is someone in your life to walk with you on this road that includes diabetes toward a healthier and happier place.

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