“Concerns about when to disclose health status, and the feeling that they don’t know how to deal with these questions, make dating relationships more difficult for cancer survivors,” says Karen Fasciano, Psy D., a clinical psychologist and director of the Young Adult Program at Dana-Farber.Still, some survivors say they’ve gained in important ways from their cancer experience.Cancermatch is a powerful networking site that allows you to meet people with cancer from all over the world.It’s a great way to build a circle of friends who share your diagnosis.It’s not easy to shrug off a negative response or rejection but I know many dating success stories from patients I’ve counseled.One patient reminds himself frequently that he is proud of his cancer and his survivorship, and also that he’s become a better person.
Sexy lingerie helped me feel confident and attractive," she says. You don't have to wear a sign that says "I've had breast cancer," and you don't have to bring it up until you are ready and feel you have some stake in a relationship.
Keep in mind that everyone is unique and carries baggage of some kind and this is only one part of you.
You also should be prepared for negative reactions from people who aren’t emotionally mature enough to deal with a situation like this.
After all, the best relationships are built on mutual interests, respect and trust.
Camaraderie is a powerful tool in life and love – especially for cancer patients.