Breast cancer and dating

Here are some tips for telling a date that you have cancer: It’s important to be realistic about the pros and cons of dating with cancer.Dating can be an up and down process, exposing ourselves to possible rejection.A book that is often given to husbands of breast cancer patients is, The Breast Cancer Husband by Marc Silver.5 This book can educate your spouse about what you are going through, so you may choose to put it on the night stand.It may also be wise to go to therapy together to make a plan to communicate and work through all the changes.But on the positive side, dating can be a positive distraction that makes you feel normal and adds positive excitement to life.

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In terms of dating resources, there’s a book written by Kairol Rosenthal who had thyroid cancer at 27 called, Everything Changes: The Insider’s Guide to Cancer in Your 20’s and 30’s2.

As a psychologist, relationship expert and a psychotherapist for 20 years I specialize in dating and relationships. I’m also a breast cancer survivor of three and a half years so I understand this topic as a patient and a healer.

When diagnosed with stage 2 triple negative breast cancer, I had a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation and lost all my hair.

Singles of all ages usually would not know how to go out and invite someone new into all this chaos when they are feeling so overwhelmed themselves.

If you do want to date, I have seen it successfully happen.

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