Dating after cancer diagnosis
These days, 15% of middle-aged cancer survivors identify as single.On the bright side, one study also found cancer survivors are no less likely to find a date than people who have never had cancer., available from Amazon, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes and Noble. @krystle_hensley Krystle Hensley was diagnosed with estrogen receptor-positive, progesterone receptor-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer in 2016 at the age of 27.After being diagnosed, Krystle started a blog called herecomesthesunlittledarling.com, in which she talks about events that happened before, during and after her treatments. Kyna was diagnosed with stage IIB breast cancer in August 2016.“I didn’t tell anybody for three years that [sexual intercourse] was never going to happen. It’s easier to date somebody who has a hint of what you’re going through,” he says.Some cancers, for both men and women, present particular dating difficulties, even for people who stick to a cancer-survivor dating pool.But not everyone with cancer wants to dig into the topic on the first date. ” It’s a common enough conundrum that Brashier and Darryl Mitteldorf, who lives in New York City, independently created dating websites that take the big reveal out of the conversation: Romance Only and Cancer Match, respectively. Mittledorf says that fellow cancer survivors are more likely to be empathetic, especially if symptoms like nausea or fatigue are still in the mix.“You go on a date and the last five minutes are so stressful,” says cancer survivor Laura Brashier, 57, of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. While Brashier’s site is for anyone who identifies as Sex-C (sex-challenged), not just cancer survivors, it was one way for her to help others who share her cancer complication — an inability to have sexual intercourse without extreme pain. He adds that many men seek dates with friends of friends “in the hope that somebody told that person that they have cancer so there’s an ease in constructing a relationship.
Join us for our June Twitter Chat to discuss dating during and after breast cancer. Coons, Ph D, ABPP and a panel of women with breast cancer will talk about the many impacts a breast cancer diagnosis can have on your dating life such as changing body image, and finding the right time to share your diagnosis with someone new.
@jcsinga4life Hikisha Harris finished breast cancer treatment 5 years ago.
She’s the author of the book The Survivor Kit: Cancer Doesn’t Have Any Hold On Me!
@kristinascherm Kristina Schermer was aware of her family history of breast cancer, but never thought that she’d be diagnosed with the disease shortly before turning 26, and right after testing positive for a mutation on the BRCA2 gene.
She had a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and reconstruction.