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Dating after cancer

By Jennifer MacKenzie

It took me a very long time to be comfortable with the new me after breast cancer, double mastectomy, and chemo. I took the time to learn to love myself again. I wasn’t sure who was going to love me when I didn’t love myself. After learning to love the new me through therapy and talking with other young adults, I decided to enter the dating world with confidence. I knew I needed to love myself before I could let anyone else. I was confident. I was ready.

It isn’t easy to be vulnerable and open in normal situations, especially after your young life has been flip-flopped upside down. There’s uncertainty of your future — never mind dragging someone else into it — but I did want it, so I went for it. I’m still trying, but always learning.

Some things I have learned:

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