So I've had FM and CFS for almost three years. In that time, I just had a few close friends that knew, along with my family. My friends were really supportive. They never judged me on it like some other people might have (which is why I didn't tell anyone else). They helped me get through the really rough patches, and didn't walk away when I started hiding from everyone else my age in a bid to forget that I was sick, or to keep them from finding out that I was sick, because it was pretty apparent at school. I'm in college now, and I feel like I have a lot more freedom, though I haven't told anyone yet, but there are girls in my house that I think I could trust. Especially one of them, who I've gotten really close to. Anyway, there's this guy I've seen a few times, and it looks like it might turn into something long-term. I haven't even looked at a guy since I got sick, because I didn't want to run into THIS situation. I'm really attracted to him, he's attracted to me, we're compatible. But I know it's going to come up at some point. No one can get THAT close to me and not suspect something. I don't want him to take it personally if I have to cancel because I'm sick, but can't tell him the truth. I'm good at hiding my pain and exhaustion when I want to, but sometimes it's just visible. I'm not planning on telling him SOON, but I know I'll have to eventually. I'm just worried he'll be the first I tell to take it badly. I don't really see why someone WOULD take it badly, but people are people, and good or not they have their own opinions and ways of looking at things. How do you tell someone you're involved with that you're sick? I mean, I've been better recently and haven't had to worry too much about troubling symptoms, except for those caused by stress, but I know when winter hits it'll all go downhill. I don't do well in the cold. So how do you tell someone you're involved with that you're sick? We're both young, by the way (college-aged). I'm not sure if younger people tend to react differently than older ones.