CURE TODAY - Nov 7 - Being single often includes dating, but that is an uncomfortable and often taboo topic for people affected by cancer. "Some of the most frustrating things that cancer patients deal with, when it comes to dating, are struggling with body image and self-esteem," says Sarah Paul, LCSW, manager of the child, adolescent and young adult program at CancerCare, a national organization dedicated to providing free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer. When Laura Brashier received a diagnosis of stage 4 cervical cancer at age 37, her life came screeching to a halt. Later she launched RomanceOnly.com in 2011. With the tagline "intimacy…without intercourse," the website now connects 14k users. In February 2005, Darryl Mitteldorf started CancerMatch.com which has since grown to serve ~1.3M members. RomanceOnly charges $9.99 per month; CancerMatch is sustained by donations made to MaleCare.org.
by Stacy Willingham
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