Dating and Cancer: Are You Ready?

16 questions to ask yourself before dating (or dating someone) with a diagnosis (17 Photos)

Kimberly Dawn Neumann on Jun 7, 2012 at 3:54PM

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“If you can't talk about your diagnosis and treatment plan without bursting into tears, you need to wait until it's sunk in and the shock has worn off,” says Huber. “If your wig comes off in bed, and he sees your bald head, will you laugh or freak out?” You need to be comfortable with what is going on in your life if you expect your date to be okay with it too.

You should also listen to your body, says David A. Koop, motivational speaker and author of Cancer -- It’s a Good Thing I Got It!. You will feel a difference “when every minute of every day isn’t spent focused on treatments and side effects, when you are able to begin to look forward to events and returning to your old activities, when you can talk about your dreams and aspirations again and share your passion for life,” says Koop. It's a slight difference but you will know.

Don't worry about waiting for everything to be perfect again. "You will find the best partner in someone who falls for you at your ‘worst’ and learns to love you even more at your best,” says Koop.

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