Starting a new relationship

New relationships

If you’re not in a relationship, you may worry about starting a new relationship after cancer. Cancer doesn’t stop you from having relationships. Your experience may have made you a stronger person with more to offer in a relationship.

It’s natural to worry about how someone will react when you tell them you’ve had cancer, or how they’d deal with body changes. It can be difficult to talk about any sexual difficulties or to tell someone if you can’t have children. You may also worry whether the person would be able to give you the support you need.

A new relationship may be one of the challenges you want to face in a positive way. The following tips might help:

  • Get involved in activities you enjoy and where you can meet other people – this will help boost your confidence.
  • Get advice from other people who’ve been through a similar experience – you could try social networking or join the Macmillan online community.
  • Think about when you might want to tell someone about your cancer experience. You may want to wait until you feel comfortable with them. It’s usually a good idea to talk about it sooner rather than later, before the relationship gets serious.

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