Ironically, this, she says, is what saved their relationship. We woke up when Theo became sick.” Theo, who believes he contracted the disease in the early ’80s while sharing needles with an infected friend, eventually recovered and manages his disease with a daily cocktail of drugs. But for many other couples dealing with a terminal disease or chronic illness, the outlook is decidedly more grim.“Like so many couples, we began to take each other for granted. When terminal disease comes into play, it gives whole new meaning to “til death do us part.” Which made us wonder: would you date and/or marry someone if you knew they had a terminal illness?My sister is considering/starting to date someone she has been friends with for years. A fairly mild form, but cystic fibrosis none the less.