When you learn that your partner has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, most women attest that it felt as if there was a third-party involvement. Chronic diseases completely change a couple’s dynamic. Both partners need to restructure their lives around the disease that is going to undoubtedly modify the way they run the house, make love, their work habits, how they spend their free time, and how they communicate.
Just as physical and mental health is important to us, our sexual health is also as vital to keeping our marriage with our partner strong and intact. Having normal sexual function is not only crucial for partners but also for one’s own self-worth as well. Although sexuality is often linked with the idea of only physical sex, it is actually more than that.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disease characterized by progressive muscle wasting due to the damage of one’s motor neurons. Progressive meaning that it continues on from the time it manifested until one’s death, which is predominantly five years. This disease also referred to as the Lou Gehrig’s disease is incurable.