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Hi all,

It's been a long, long, long time since I managed to post here. Life, especially work and some personal improvement efforts, have been keeping me really quite busy.

Thought I'd catch you guys up on the relationship I used post about here when I had some time.

I have been with my DBF since June of 2004. He and I were friends for almost 2 years before we got together.

About six months ago, we were discussing marriage. Then, a little while after that he got knocked on his butt with a rather inconvenient and unpleasant illness, which took him quite some time to get over and threw him for a loop. In my considered opinion, it also threw him into a bit of depressed stage.

We have been having trouble since all of this transpired. It is difficult to juggle work and relationship in the best of circumstances, let alone when you live 45 miles apart and have health issues to consider. It's even worse when your partner is closing himself off from friends and such. Without going into too much detail, we are trying to figure out if we can make it through this.

I also found out just last night that one of my DBF's baby sister (who he is actually fairly close to) can't stand me, has always disliked me, and is completely unsupportive of our relationship. So, I've got that going for me. She is basically a miserable person herself, who is in a relationship with a guy she's been seeing for 7 or 8 years and who is never going to marry her - and she basically hates everyone else that is in a good relationship.

DBF and I have some crap to get through. Hopefully we can do it. I love him to pieces and want to be with him. I can survive without him - I am a fairly strong person and have picked up the pieces before (tho it took a long time). I don't WANT to do that, but if it ends up being the right thing, I can.

But in the meantime, I'm trying. We're trying.

No matter what anyone else thinks. Sister-who-hates-me included.
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