That’s what happens when your real ones try to kill you.” I asked around (via my Facebook page) and was deeply touched by several of the responses, including this one: “I had a double mastectomy 2 years ago and started a new relationship about 14 months later.
Then, when they first bed she says breezily: “Yes, my tits are fake.
Each person also has his or her own individual comfort level when discussing the disease.
Some may find it important to share their experience; others would just as soon never bring up cancer again. Golby offers the following advice to help cancer patients and survivors answer some of the questions they may have about dating.
It’s so important to have safe, supportive places like this where patients can bond and bare all. I was standing in line to check in at the plastic surgeon’s last week when a woman tapped me on the shoulder. “Did you write about your breast reconstruction for the University of Washington alumni magazine?
Did your cancer and treatment lead to sexual side effects? Please join me and the folks at Fred Hutch tomorrow (August 4) at 10 a.m. ” I nodded and introduced myself and the two of us talked “shop” for a few minutes.
I tackled the topic last week in a two-part series for Fred Men struggle with impotence; women are plunged into menopause decades before they would naturally arrive; and many are left to sort it all out on their own. Because people often don’t feel comfortable talking about this stuff – not doctors, not patients, not even their partners.