Single and Ready to Mingle: Dating and Breast Cancer
Dating often comes with excitement and anxiety as you get to know a new person and bring them into your personal life. Dating after a breast cancer diagnosis can make the anxiety and worry you feel about your body, yourself, and telling a new person about the disease overwhelm those positive, exciting feelings. The physical and emotional changes you may have experienced can leave you wondering:
Will he or she find me attractive?
How do I tell someone new about my diagnosis?
What do I do if I lack energy or have lost interest in sex?
Join us for our June Twitter Chat to discuss dating during and after breast cancer. Expert Helen L. Coons, PhD, ABPP and a panel of women with breast cancer will talk about the many impacts a breast cancer diagnosis can have on your dating life such as changing body image, and finding the right time to share your diagnosis with someone new. Our panelists will share their personal stories and tips that worked for them.
Use #LBBCChat to follow and join the chat.
This Twitter Chat is supported by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number 1U58 DP005403, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.
Helen L. Coons, PhD, ABPP
Helen L. Coons, PhD, ABPP is a board certified clinical health psychologist who has worked with women with cancer, oncology health care teams and the cancer advocacy community for over 25 years. She routinely provides care to women across the life span with early and advanced breast, gynecologic and other cancer diagnoses as well as women at “high risk” for cancer and their caregivers. Read more...
Katie Brown is the vice president of support and survivorship programs for the LUNGevity Foundation, trained in patient navigation with the Dr. Harold P. Freeman Institute in New York City. She is also LUNGevity’s social media strategist and author of the books Co-surviving Cancer and Navigating Advocacy. Read more...
Tori Geib was diagnosed with de novo metastatic breast cancer in 2016 soon after her 30th birthday. Since diagnosis, she has spent time as a patient advocate for metastatic breast cancer research, funding, and awareness, independently and with organizations such as Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Cancer Support Community of Columbus and Metavivor.
Hikisha Harris finished breast cancer treatment 5 years ago. She’s the author of the book The Survivor Kit: Cancer Doesn’t Have Any Hold On Me!, available from Amazon, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes and Noble. Read more...
Krystle Hensley was diagnosed with estrogen receptor-positive, progesterone receptor-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer in 2016 at the age of 27. After being diagnosed, Krystle started a blog called herecomesthesunlittledarling.com, in which she talks about events that happened before, during and after her treatments. Read more...
Kyna was diagnosed with stage IIB breast cancer in August 2016. In May 2017, she started dating again – and what an adventure it has been. She likes to joke that “even though I have one tot, I'm still hot.” In all, dating after 10 years of marriage with the added challenge of breast cancer has been, she says, “both terrifying and exhilarating.” Read more...
Kristina Schermer was aware of her family history of breast cancer, but never thought that she’d be diagnosed with the disease shortly before turning 26, and right after testing positive for a mutation on the BRCA2 gene. She had a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and reconstruction. Read more...