Of course, these individuals don’t speak for entire demographics, but they do provide some insight into the nuances of the very human search for love and connection. So, seven years later, I’m still dealing with things.I’ve been in and out of menopause since 37."Those are conversations when you’re in a relationship with someone — like what do you say?When I was diagnosed, I’d had biopsies and benign lumps removed before.
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I often advise patients not to have this discussion on first dates as this is a lot to process for both you and your potential partner.
There is also a level of vulnerability that is required for a discussion like this that may not be suited for very initial stages of a new relationship.
The antithesis of sexy is to say, ‘I’m having a hot flash.
That’s why I don’t want to hug you right now.’ But it’s a reality, and these things are hard to discuss in an intimate relationship with someone who hasn’t been in this journey with me the entire time. It will never be the same."I did have a double mastectomy, and I just had my third reconstruction.By being open, you’re conveying your confidence not just to your potential partner, but also to yourself.Elissa Bantug, Care Wear Advisor, is a two-time breast cancer survivor with an extensive history of breast cancer advocacy and outreach work with multiple cancer organizations.When you are ready, it is important however, to mention that you have had breast cancer before being intimate with someone.Below are a few tips to consider as you think about having these conversations: Although breast cancer will most likely always be a part of you, it should not define you.You are much more than a cancer patient and anyone who you choose to be intimate with should accept you, for you.