Dating with terminal cancer

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What it feels like to date when you’re terminally ill

New merch: How does someone with staqe 4 cancer find The One? February 14, 8: I'm single and as I always have, want someone solid and good in my life, but am concerned that my terminal diagnosis would make any rational, loving man I meet run for the hills. I'm still learning how to live with this disease and have no idea how to approach my status with someone new in my life without scaring the shit out of them.

MeFi community, would you be my Valentine tonight and hope me that yes, it's possible that I could find someone to spend the rest of my life with, no matter how long or short a period that might be? I'm finishing up a second cycle of chemo after a first that was a dramatic fiery hell with side effects, but made one tumor go away completely and reduced the others by a significant percentage YAY!

The new drug I am on now is much better with only minor side effects thus far. I haven't lost my hair, but I did receive a fun blue wig as a present that I rock occasionally anyway. My scan results have been great so far, my spirit and energy and libido are coming back and I am starting to feel like me again, albeit with a new "fuck it" attitude and a lot less fear that I carried with me previously.

After a lot of ongoing work and therapy to calm myself down, I like the person I am becoming through this tribulation so far. Upon reflection, I realize that nobody comes with a guarantee, and if faced with deciding whether or not to embark on a relationship with a man in my situation, I'd probably take the chance on someone sufficiently spectacular. I've got a lot to offer the right person myself. There have to be men out there that believe the same, right? If so, how do I find them?

I've never been as accomplished a flirt as I would like to be, though I have been in several good long term relationships that originated online - when I jump into the dating pool, okcupid is generally where I start. I don't know how much luck I will have there now, though I will probably reactivate my profile when I feel ready. So many questions. I'm not seeking permission from the internet to date I will put out myself out there as soon as I feel physically capable of doing it as much as I am looking for reassurance that there may be some guys out there that won't run screaming when I break this to them success story anecdata especially appreciated , and some technical assistance on where to find them and how to share with them what I am going through.

There is a voice in my head trying to convince me that real lasting love isn't going to happen for me in whatever time I have left, and I want to shut it down. Can you help me? I think it is possible for you to find a solid, good man to share your life with. If I had advice I would certainly give it to you. I'm just replying to show you my support. As you noted, life has no guarantees. If you find someone you love and they love you back, then grab on with both hands for as long as you have.

Anyone who'd take a pass on you because you're fighting cancer, is simply not a partner for you. Doesn't make them a bad person, just makes them not a fit for you. For what it's worth, I do some work with a charity for blood cancers and I know of several people who found their partners during treatment. So yeah, it most definitely happens. Tell that voice to pipe down. You sound wonderful. Message me privately if you want support. I'm no expert in your life and struggle but I've done a lot of dating and would happy to cheer you on.

Best of luck, sweetie. Somehow the female portion of the population gets described as the "romantic" one, with the male portion The idea of romance wouldn't exist if there weren't people of all varieties who enjoyed it. The lovely thing about online dating is that you can weed out a lot of people who aren't really going to go for your life situation before you even speak to them.

Have a good time, one way or another--maybe use the opportunity to go out and have experiences that you'll remember as being worthwhile even if a given date doesn't work out. Activities are supposed to be really good for early dates, anyway, for getting-to-know-you purposes. Good luck in every possible way. Yes, you can meet someone! There is even a dating network for people with cancer.

Google "cancer dating" and you'll find a pretty good amount of online support. Tell that voice to shut up. Oh, you can absolutely meet someone. One of my absolute best friends met his first wife while we were still in school. She had cystic fibrosis and they both knew that she'd have a very limited lifetime. They had four years together before she passed - four good years, where they got married, bought a house, and they had a beautiful love together during that time.

After a few years of mourning, he honored her wishes and began dating again. His now-second wife knew his first wife, very well actually, and they honored First Wife's memory at their wedding. Now Wife is very open about how much she misses First Wife as a friend, and doesn't begrudge for a moment the life he had with First Wife, or the fact that if First Wife was still here that Now Wife would be with someone else.

I hope that second paragraph came across ok. What I'm trying to say is, there are definitely people out there who can and will love even in the face of an uncertain future. And that sometimes love works in these really beautiful ways and no one really knows how their story will end until they get there. I've mentioned here before the story of my dear friend who received a terminal diagnosis with a vague timeframe attached. She went on to meet lovely guy and they were still together eight years later when she passed.

She was awesome and so was he. Male here: I wouldn't run screaming. Different people have different fears about illness. Some are quite uncomfortable to be around it, some are inclined to a caretaking role, some follow your lead on when to care and when to ignore it. Men come in all sorts; I'm currently dating a woman with a major chronic disease, and I seem to react to it by caretaking.

I'd recommend you be upfront about it though, since it's a big part of your life and you'll want to weed out the uncomfortable ones early. It is with great joy to answer this question. I was that man for my partner. In , I read an article in a local alternative newspaper had an article about a UCLA phyicist who recorded the sounds that cells made. Thought this was the coolest thing in the world and right up my yoga alley. I contacted him and said that though I did not have a venue or audience for him yet I wanted to sponsor an event with him.

He said was down with that and to contact him when I was ready 3 years later I began working the Hollywood Farmer's Market. The first day I was there I saw this woman walking along the street like she owned it and wearing this fabulous hat. I acknowledged it and her immediately. She responded back just as fast. We got to know each other as she was an incredible chef and every now and then would buy the milk I was selling.

It also turns out that she was a successful realtor, horse woman, welder, forest ranger, galley cook and more. I would see her off and on at the market over the next four years. Later she told me that at least 3 times she left her business card on the table for me. I am a bonehead when it comes to a woman's hint and didn't pick up on it. It is now October, Renee stops by the stand and we begin to chat.

This time in length. I had heard and seen some of the TED talks. She told me that she had a community version of that called TEDx. I was intrigued and asked her to tell me more. She explained that she had just had a talk at her house and was interested in doing another one. Let me contact Jim and see if I can get him on board" I did. He said yes. Renee then asked me if I would help her produce the event.

I agreed. I would go over to her house to work. We never got anything done except talk with each other. The event was coming together so quickly that we really didn't have to worry about it. So we would talk and enjoy each others company and presence. At one point she mentioned that she had been diagnosed with Merkel Cel Carcinoma early in the year. Renee wanted to take me to see what a TEDx event was like on December 9.

My birthday is December I decided that year I decided I wanted to have a week long non-static Universe birthday party. Wherever you would find me that was where the party would take place. Along with the invitations I sent out a list of what I wanted for gifts:

Meanwhile, Nathan and Yolanda had only just started dating - after meeting But it's not all bad news for people dating with a terminal illness. It's nothing like in the movies.. The first whisper reads, "My boyfriend has terminal cancer and his insurance won't cover his meds anymore. He keeps tel ".

One year-old woman's story of finding love after discovering she had a brain tumour. Not because I was going to cheat on him or dump him, but because I knew I was going to die. I was rushed to hospital, and they found a rare, inoperable tumour. I was only in my twenties, yet I was already a manager at a designer outlet and I was incredibly ambitious.

It made us laugh.

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The Swearing off to cancer project

New merch: How does someone with staqe 4 cancer find The One? February 14, 8: I'm single and as I always have, want someone solid and good in my life, but am concerned that my terminal diagnosis would make any rational, loving man I meet run for the hills. I'm still learning how to live with this disease and have no idea how to approach my status with someone new in my life without scaring the shit out of them.

The Swearing off to cancer project

This article is part of Generation Why , a HuffPost Healthy Living series putting the spotlight on young adult cancer patients and survivors between the ages of 15 and For more on the series, click here. When she landed her first gig, she didn't care that it didn't come with health insurance. She was just happy to be working. If a health crisis came up, she figured she'd go to a free clinic. Four years later, Felder's career was on track, and she was happily single and dating. When she secured a job with health insurance in , she scheduled a routine gynecologist visit for a long overdue exam and pap smear. The test turned up cancerous cells on her cervix, and she was diagnosed with advanced-stage cervical cancer. Felder underwent a procedure that removed her uterus, cervix and part of her vagina, leaving her with her ovaries. That was followed by a month and a half of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Dating is usually about hoping to meet the right mate or at least being open to various romantic possibilities in life. But what if you find out that your partner is terminally ill; then the very essence of hope and future inherent in dating clashes with imminent pain, separation and death.

Dating someone with cancer or any life threatening illness is like entering Mordor, and as we all know, one does not simply enter a relationship without doing some research. The Key word is Almost.

Generation Why: Dating ... With Cancer

Till Death Do Us Part is a new free dating site that purports to connect people with terminal illnesses. I don't think it's a joke, but the creator is all about a sense of humor, quoting Robert Anton Wilson on the front page: It seems absurd. We're dealing with people who know they are facing imminent death. They are aware that their days are numbered and they know, more or less, how long they have to live. This service does not require members to answer the frivolous questionnaires other dating sites provide, although they can if they want to. We are not interested, as we are sure our clients are not either, in the inane, trivial and essentially meaningless come-ons and delusional fantasies of finding the perfect mate. We assume our members don't care if someone's eyes are blue or green, whether they wear glasses or not. According to Marketing Director Joseph DiAngelo, "This site is designed to cut through the superficiality and embrace issues we think are most meaningful -- the desire and need for understanding, compassion, empathy and comfort between human beings facing their greatest challenge Worldly hang-ups don't belong here. If you have a profound sense of irony and humor, we welcome you.

Dating the Terminally ill

They say we as a people are doomed to be able to love, to be able to let our hearts be that Atlas holding up the celestial sphere, with no choice but to yield the burden. They say Atlas was cursed. I am doing just fine with my innate tendency to fall for broken people with a purpose of fixing them, then coming out of the web broken myself. A terminally ill person is like art. They may not look pretty to you and their bundle of mess will always be one more to add to the ninety-nine problems in your life. But like art, they will always make you feel something. You will not find yourself falling for their sense of humor because you will be too preoccupied marveling at their resilience.

Woman with terminal cancer makes dating profile for husband

Children's author Amy Krouse Rosenthal has written a dating profile for her husband after discovering that she has terminal cancer. The writer, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in , spoke about why she wanted to create it in a heartbreaking piece for the New York Times' 'Modern Love' section. The video of this little boy celebrating the end of his chemotherapy will melt your heart! Is it weird to love a window? A post shared by Amy Krouse Rosenthal missamykr on Sep 28, at 1:

Dating With Cancer

Some forums can only be seen by registered members. Originally Posted by Singlelady I met someone that is amazing and we have a lot in common. He is very patience, funny and humble. We have fun together and he is very accepting of my physical limitations. He told me a week ago that he has a illness that I've never heard of before. I kind of blew it off as a minor issue. When I looked it up online, it said this illness is life threatening and the average life expectancy is age

If it were t for the big C I wouldn't be with my boyfriend now. It's hard to leave someone so supportive. Not saying I don't love him because I do. Just in the bigger picture of things we aren't the perfect match. I'm thankful to have someone. People who are close to dying can still find true love. I would not really approve of dating when you are about to die or when your time would soon be over because it will get complicated.

For year-old Nathan and year-old Yolanda, there was a lot of that in the first year they started dating. Meanwhile, Nathan and Yolanda had only just started dating - after meeting through uni and being friends for a few years first. Cancer is really draining at the best of times. Lea says that people with a terminal illness tend to end up with people who are going through similar struggles. They understood each other, when they were hospitalised there was a lot of empathy, connection, both knew they had the same sort of life expectancy and they would make that journey together. Lea says it can be a shortcut to intimacy, even if it ends up being short-lived. So the relationships that the partners have is extraordinary.

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