Whenever someone brought up the topic of dating after cancer in my young adult support group, I admit that I only half listened. “I’m not shy about sharing my cancer experience.” Here I am now, older, wiser and a little bit lost.Since my group doesn’t meet for several more weeks, I delved into the world of on-line cancer support.I highly recommend the site to any young woman with breast cancer (and her friends and caregivers).
They can become tremendous teachers for friends and family, and their value for love and life in their basic forms is a positive attribute in any romantic relationship.
Resources: • (Curetoday.com) – this lists some on-line dating/friendship sites specifically for cancer patients (who knew that existed?!
) • Young Survival Coalition – a wonderful organization specifically for young women with breast cancer…I posted a message on their forum requesting advice about when to tell my date about cancer, and their responses were thoughtful and detailed.
If your cancer turns out to be a deal breaker, hopefully you have not gotten too attached to him or her.” Still, I know from listening to others in my support group that some people wait much longer, sometimes months to bring up “the big C”, especially if a fair amount of time has passed since their treatment.
I didn’t find anyone advocating this in my on-line research.