My partner and I have been together for 10 years now. A few weeks ago, when he was feeling really low, he said that he has thought about breaking up with me in the past, but would feel bad doing it as my illness is not my fault. I was really shocked. I don't think he was seriously thinking about it - it's just something that has crossed his mind - but it worried me a lot. My illness drags him down, though I try hard not to be a burden. I think I'm pretty successful at sharing half the housework, I make a big effort to go to parties with him despite my PEM afterward, I usually nap before he comes home from work. He says that my illness doesn't affect him in a "real life" way, it just generally makes him sad. Is there anything I can do? This just exacerbates my feeling that we're not an equal team. I want to be a real partner, not a liability. My CFS has improved a lot recently, and I wonder if he's stuck with the past image of me, and can't update it. I would appreciate any advice.