Chronic Illness and Marriage

Last week, my husband and I celebrated seven years of marriage! I would love to say they were seven years of bliss but we have definitely had our share of challenges since we exchanged vows!

Our seven years of marriage have included four surgeries, countless doctors appointments, 30 cycles trying to get pregnant, four rounds of fertility treatments, one loss, and two failed placements during our adoption journey.

However, we have so much else to be thankful for! We have an amazing daughter who is the most amazing gift we could have ever been given. We have amazing families and an incredible church family that gives us so much support. We have become homeowners and are enjoying turning our house into a home. We have had the opportunities to take several trips including one special one to see The Mouse.

Over the years, chronic illness has definitely made a huge impact on our marriage. I’ve wrestled with guilt and shame feeling like chronic illness was not allowing me to be the wife I wanted to be or the wife that I felt like my husband deserved. My husband has struggled with frustration and feeling helpless to make my pain lessen.

As we hit the seven year mark, I thought it would be the perfect time to feature a series on the impact that chronic illness can have on a marriage and some suggestions on things we can all do to overcome some of the challenges. Because we are not experts by any stretch of the imagination so I have some guests that will be sharing posts this week as well! I am really looking forward to it and hope it helps you as much as it is helping me!


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  1. It sounds like you guys have been through a lot but you manage to still sound upbeat and positive! Looking forward to reading about your journey!

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  3. I LOVE the dramatic train on your wedding dress!

    I am excited for this series because I have an as-yet-undiagnoses chronic illness and I am getting married in less than 4 weeks.

    • Thank you so much! The train on my dress was my favorite part! The next post goes up tomorrow! Congrats on your upcoming wedding!