To start off, I am 26, she is 25 and we have been dating for about 7 months. Some might say that it hasn't been too long, but I love this woman very much and I know the feeling is mutual between us. The only problems we have are in regards to communication which is mainly my fault but I need some guidance on how to work on that. The thing is, she has quite a few health problems which I was made aware of at the start of our relationship. She has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), osteoporosis, anemia brought on by an iron deficiency, and was just recently diagnosed with a bladder infection. Tomorrow she will be going in for a CT scan to check on her pelvic area which has made her very anxious and distraught this past week. Lately she has been in a lot of pain because of the infection as well as the JRA acting up in her joints. I completely understand and didn't take offense to it once I was informed of what was going on but it took a few days to get her to talk openly about it which she did through text messages on my phone this morning. Usually she is the type of person who will tell me what's going on with all this stuff, but this week she has been very distant from me, rarely talking about it. Usually she will be affectionate, "lovey-dubbey," always reminding me how much she loves me, etc but lately this hasn't been the case. We eventually talked about it this morning but even then it was hard to get information out of her. This past week my mind was wandering; I thought that the doctors found a serious problem or maybe she didn't want to be with me anymore, and all types of conclusions that I had jumped to. I hardly slept most of this week. I didn't get upset with her over it, I was mainly upset with myself because I didn't know how to approach her about it. I was afraid I'd set her off and cause her more worrying by trying to get her to talk about it. She had mentioned earlier on that she didn't want to talk about it and when I asked if everything was alright, she'd simply say "Yeah, everything is ok" I really do love and care for this woman very much. I try to be as supportive and comforting to her as I possibly can without being too sappy or imposing pity on her (which I know she doesn't want). Other than this ordeal we have been doing just fine, I've had no worries with her, but this is killing me. Has any of you guys ever dealt with situations like this? I'm not looking for a foolproof solution nor do I expect one from an online forum, but I'd like to hear from other people about this. This type of situation is rather new to me and I dont want to go about handling it the wrong way. Doing so could break this relationship up and I do not want that.