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Compatibility 101: Chronic Illness in Dating

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Emily Morrow

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Hey everyone! We are still in the middle of our compatibility series, and today we are excited to talk to an EXPERT on another compatibility topic: chronic illness in dating.

Chronic illness is something that impact 1 in 3 people... 1 in 3!!

Last week we talked about weight in dating, and we really wanted to follow up that conversation with a discussion on how chronic illness shows up and affects dating… BECAUSE it also ties hand in hand with the weight conversation.


There are so many people that are unaware of what a chronic illness is and how it can affect weight, as well as a slew of other factors. It’s far more nuanced than saying things like “just workout more and eat healthy”. And in fact just working out more many not be possible for people with chronic illness or it would even make it worse for some with chronic illness.


So today, chronic illness expert Emily Morrow talks all things chronic illness in dating.

Emily Morrow, Functional Nutritional Therapy and Integrative Health Practitioner works with women across the country in her consulting practice and group program, Root Cause Formula to help women identify and overcome a variety of root’ cause(s) such as mold, bacteria, parasites, heavy metals, viruses, toxins, chemicals, lyme and the signs and symptoms associated with them (i.e hormone imbalances, weight loss resistance, acne, fatigue). Emily’s hope is that each individual she gets to work with experiences a renewed balance, hope, and joy that allows them to approach life with  the energy and zest to achieve all that the Lord has for them.

What is chronic illness? How common is it?

  • Chronic illness is anthat has manifested in the body for a period or season of sickness affecting the body or the mind for longer than 3 months. Chronic illness isn't just the very well known illnesses like heart disease, strokes or cancer. It can be as simple as hypothyroidism. 
  • 34% is the global percentage of chronic illness. It may be more but there's a lot of people who are undiagnosed. Approximately 1 in 3 of adults have a chronic illness, some not just 1 illness.

What is the definition of health?

  • The state of being free of sickness or injury. 
  • Health can look very different for every single person.

How does chronic illness affect your weight?

  • Chronic illness definitely can affect weight, but in both ways! It can affect the scale going up unexplainably, and can also affect your weight going down, even to skin and bones.
  • This can affect dating because you start feeding yourself with lies from the enemy. This can then lead to you putting yourself in a situation where you feel like you won’t be desired, loved or pursued in dating relationships for that reason.

What would you say to people feeling like they are a burden or don't know how they could date?

  • You should be very honest with the other person. In fact, you should bring this up very early. The wrong person might be hesitant, but they are the wrong person.
  • The right person will embrace you and actively support you through whatever chronic illness you are working through.
  • Date somebody who is curious about life. Date somebody who’s heart is ignited to know more about you. Date someone who wants to partner with you in your illness.

What should the partners of a person with chronic illness expect?

  • Ask your partner to share with you what they need. Ask for honesty and how you can best support them. Encourage them to also share their needs with you. Be consistent.

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Emily Morrow, Functional Nutritional Therapy and Integrative Health Practitioner works with women across the country in her consulting practice and group program, Root Cause Formula to help women identify and overcome a variety of root’ cause(s) such as mold, bacteria, parasites, heavy metals, viruses, toxins, chemicals, lyme and the signs and symptoms associated with them (i.e hormone imbalances, weight loss resistance, acne, fatigue). Emily’s hope is that each individual she gets to work with experiences a renewed balance, hope, and joy that allows them to approach life with  the energy and zest to achieve all that the Lord has for them.

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