Disability, hope, Invisible illness, Mama mifsud blog, Me, Perception, Relationships

If you fall in love with me…..

I became single last year.

It was both terrifying and liberating. I’d been on my own for long periods before and that alone didn’t scare me. There just seemed to be so many mountains to climb; juggling all the kids, my health, both physical and mental. I had no room for anyone else, and who would want a sick mum of four anyway?

How do I  even begin to explain what my life is like, when those that have been in it forever sometimes struggle to understand? When do you tell someone that you are chronically ill, broke and are relentlessly struggling to find the path to somewhere self sufficient?

I pride myself on being exposed and honest about my health, but as an opener, “I’m sick all the time, sometimes can’t walk, and I have no money. Oh and I also have 4 kids”, is hardly an attractive proposition to most potential partners.

So I didn’t try.

I chatted to people casually online (but not on dating sites) as my true self, honest and open about my life, but omitted my health issues.

I was lonely. Really lonely.

I am blessed with incredible friends and family, but I needed to be here constantly for the kids. No one else wanted that job, so it was me, every second of every night and day. Alone. Exhausted. Trying to discover how this new life and family would work. I needed to find who I was again; talking to strangers really frankly, helped me with that. I gradually started to remember who I was, aside from a mother in crisis. I spoke about the work I’d done as a university lecturer and writer, my love of the sea, music, food, film, singing and reading. I spoke about my children, my family and friends. I spoke about my dreams, hopes and fears.

But not my health.

The thing is whilst my conditions are omnipresent and in some ways define who I am, they aren’t all that I am.

I am so much more than my list of diagnosis, but eventually I had to share that list. It began to feel wrong, like I was lying about this big pat of me. The truth came about organically, as I felt myself falling for this wonderful man.

I had to warn him, to tell him to run for the hills before it was too late. “This is your chance to change where we are heading before you truly love me and my health consumes you too” I told him. “You can leave now, I won’t judge you.”

If you fall in love with me…….

It will be one hell of a crazy ride. An adventure. A heartbreaking journey.

A roller coaster of the highest highs and the lowest lows.


Sometimes you will walk beside the most gorgeous, fit and healthy looking woman. The next day you will be pushing an exhausted shell of a woman around in a wheel chair, lines of pain etched upon her face.

If you fall in love with me….

Sometimes you will stand beside the most joyful, happy, positive woman. A fierce warrior, who grabs life by the balls, takes risks and truly lives. The next day, that same woman will be overwhelmed with pain, desolate that tomorrow has passed and the reality of being so sick has taken another precious day from her.

If you fall in love with me….

Sometimes you will lay beside a sexy creature that loves with great passion and ferocity. The next day you will barely be able to hold her, her pain is so great. You will be able to do nothing more for her than lie and look into her sad eyes, and just ‘be’.

If you fall in love with me….

Sometimes your love will take you on the most exciting of adventures, powering through the waves, hair blowing, muscles throbbing as the salt water hits your body, collapsing in a heap to eat watermelon and drink prosecco on a secret beach.

The next day you will have to carry  her up the stairs, help her up from the toilet, and cry with her as she tries to survive another tough day.
If you fall in love with me….

Sometimes you will look at me and see everything you dreamed of; a smart, strong, fit, funny, fierce and attractive woman.

Sometimes you will look at me curled in a ball in bed and feel utterly hopeless as that same woman is lost to pain and sadness.

If you fall in love with me…

Sometimes you will burst with pride and look at me with awe, wondering how I am still smiling.

Sometimes you will look at me and feel so helpless, the tears will flow.

If you fall in love with me, your life will be forever changed.

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7 thoughts on “If you fall in love with me…..”

    1. Well……..his response was “it’s all you, and I already love YOU” ❤️

      Things continue to go fantastically 😊

      a wise man once told me that to be vulnerable would give me great strength. I now understand what he meant by that.

      He gave me homework one week to practise being vulnerable and document how it felt and what happened. I embraced his lesson and allowed myself to be more open and exposed, instead of constantly being strong and closed off (in an attempt to prove to the world That I was coping) .

      As a result nothing but good, positive things have happened.

      Sometimes the greatest strength lies in exposing your perceived weakness ❤️

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  1. I’ve been single for 8 1/2 years & am a disabled single parent, and am the only parent in my childs life (we fled DV/DA having to move to a completely different part of the country with no friends or family). It doesn’t get any easier. . . .

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    1. Ah sweetie, I’m so sorry to hear that. I am also a solo parent with similar history. Be positive, there’s always hope…. Sometimes the best things come when you are least expecting it ☺️

      Be open to it too. I’ve been guilty of shutting myself off before, just because we have children or disabilities doesn’t mean that everyone will dismiss us. In fact the best people don’t see your disability, you are, you, the whole person, and the right person won’t use your health as an excuse or means to control or degrade you, as they see just you. YOU , THE STRONG BEAUTIFUL SMART FIERCE SCRAPPY MAMA. ❤️ don’t give up 😄

      Nb I also strongly feel we don’t ‘need’ a partner for validation. I was happy enough on my own just, lonely sometimes ☺️

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