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“A person’s approach to life is often reflected by their reaction [to the news] – go with the flow, fear, or avoidance,” said Allie.
Fellow patient Chris agrees: “I am always hyper-aware of that initial reaction. I appreciate when they are not afraid to ask questions.” While Chris recognizes cancer-related conversations are hard, “The more you talk, the better.” “Sometimes it brings relationships closer,” he said.
Navigating the dating world is difficult regardless of one’s age or circumstances.
The Young Adult Program at Dana-Farber recently hosted a Twitter chat for young adults with cancer to discuss these challenges. Be open about your diagnosis in the beginning, it can help in the long run Knowing how much to share, even when you’re in a long-term relationship, can be challenging, especially sensitive subjects like cancer-related anxiety or your prognosis.
It is always up to you how much information to divulge, but many young adults find addressing cancer early in the relationship ensures that they will have a supportive partner on the bad days.