Dating and disclosure for cancer survivors
When someone has a terminal illness, it’s critical that you give them something to look forward to.
We’re both kind of goofy and have had some great times.” The lovebirds, who both have kids about the same age, plan to spend this Valentine’s Day watching one of them compete in the Mountain West Finals swim meet. Was she surprised to find love in the midst of cancer treatment? They spent 26 months together before Blume succumbed to the disease in early 2014.
Here, they're pictured at Lake Tahoe after Penny traveled 3,000 miles for her first date with Don. "When she passed, I buried her with mine and kept hers to always remind me to keep fighting." Love was the furthest thing from Don Stranathan’s mind in October 2011 when the Santa Rosa, California, lung cancer patient answered a question about juicing from a woman on the online patient community Inspire.
But love was what he found with Penny Blume, a vivacious 49-year-old blonde who, like him, was living with terminal lung cancer.
Susan, a stage 4 breast cancer patient, and her brand new husband Jeff, shortly after their wedding in July 2016.
The pair met via an online dating site while Susan was going through treatment.
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Joan Campbell and her new fiance, Larry, met while she was going through treatment for breast cancer; they shared the same massage therapist who suggested they connect.