One of my biggest issues with my ex-boyfriend was his lack of respect for me or my parents.He would tell me to go against what my parents said or the rules they asked me to follow by using the logic of I used to do whatever my boyfriend told me to do or take all of his advice because I didn’t want to upset him. And the reality is that when the conflict is around doing something that goes against what your parents have taught you or a rule they are asking you to follow, your parents are usually right.We understood each other more than anyone else could.After the conference we both decided that although we felt that deep love-at-first-site for each other, it was best to just stay friends because long-distance is hard.
Right now I have a boyfriend who lives in California who I have been dating long-distance for the past 8 months.A friend of mine came up to me and pulled me up and had me dance with her. Then she said, At that moment we both knew we had a connection. I didn’t have to explain my condition to him like I had done with all my other friends.He actually understood what it was like living with hydrocephalus.Dara Tannariello is a freshman at the University of Saint Joseph in Connecticut, majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics.She has congenital hydrocephalus (diagnosed before she was born) and has had 6 shunt revisions. I have been in a relationship that was not healthy for me and it was finding my current boyfriend, Wyatt, who also happens to have hydrocephalus, which has helped me see what a healthy relationship can be.