46 years. That’s how long my husband and I have been married. And it was 50 years ago when we first dated, a sweet memory today. Jim has always been the very kindest, most fun and interesting man I know. Our kindness toward one another is a key to our relationship, especially when the water wasn’t so smooth due to effects of mental illness on my thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
My partnership is our marriage. It is the most supportive aspect of our lives together. It is, it turns out, quite a bit stronger than mental illness. Yours may be another partnership – marriage is not the required word, but supportive is. How do we support our partner without being overwhelmed? How can we be supported without having to feel we’re a burden? I don’t have all the answers, but we do have some suggestions here based on our experience.