No Single Answer“There is no one-size-fits-all answer,” notes Mark, who is a breast cancer survivor.“I can’t say ‘on the third date’ or ‘the fifth date’ or ‘in your online profile.’ It’s different for everyone.”But for those who bear physical scars of their cancer journey beneath their clothing, it’s definitely time to talk when intimacy appears imminent.Some have their hands full just helping with the grocery shopping.
If you didn't have a strong relationship before your diagnosis, you may face a rough time now.
As she entered this new phase of her life, an important question emerged: when and how should she tell a prospective sexual partner about her cancer experience and the fact that she has only one breast and a scar that runs from her sternum to her armpit?
“This is an issue I hear quite often, especially when I lecture,” observes Sueann Mark, Ph D, a clinical sexologist in San Francisco.
She underwent a mastectomy, healed well and moved on with her life, giving birth to a son 13 months after her surgery.
Although Repper says her husband supported her throughout treatment and recovery, they eventually decided to divorce.