Since my psoriatic arthritis (PsA) diagnosis many years ago, my life has changed in many significant ways–physically, emotionally, and socially. Life with a chronic disease like PsA can make a lot of things harder, and sometimes friendships can fall by the wayside to be replaced by doctor’s appointments and fatigue. But what happens with those lucky few loved ones who choose to stick by your side? Just like our lives change because of PsA, so do theirs. Psoriatic arthritis affects relationships in many ways, both positive and negative.
It’s not all bad.
After living with psoriatic arthritis for a while, it’s easy to look at our relationships negatively. We see those missing from our lives and witness the stress the disease has put on our relationships with those who stayed with us. However, there are some ways in which psoriatic arthritis has changed my relationships for the better.
PsA can bring you closer.
Surprisingly, living with psoriatic arthritis has brought me and my husband closer in some ways. We have learned to pay better attention to non-verbal cues. He can tell when I’ve had a rough day or if I’m ready to leave a get-together 10 minutes after we’ve gotten there.