Living with a chronic illness at a young age is uniquely challenging. It affects every part of your life—finances, work, hobbies, mental health, relationships—all of it. It's usually incurable, painful, expensive and misunderstood. Finding a romantic partner can be even more difficult than it already is because you have to strike a balance between taking it easy and safely pushing your boundaries. But it's not all up to you.
How My Chronic Illness Has Made Me Lose My Identity
Dating with a chronic illness taught me a lot about myself | Well+Good
Getty ImagesLana, a 38 year-old publicist in Los Angeles, was diagnosed with genital herpes in Since then, she has "kind of been hiding" from the dating scene. Let's face it: How do you drop that bomb on a potential love interest? And when? She considered a number of online dating venues, but she says Match. Despite—or perhaps because of—the economic downturn, the billion-dollar online dating industry has been booming. But not everyone has felt welcome at the party.
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But as I became increasingly ill, weeks gave way to months. Finally in July, I receive my diagnosis, which comes with an unexpected dose of existential musings. In some ways, the epiphany is liberating, but I still felt beholden to side effects of all my medications. So armed with a brand-new zest for life and a fear of losing my enthusiasm for it, I download Tinder. When we sit down at the bar at 9 p.
Will she still go out with me when she finds out I live with three roommates? The logic goes that by creating apps for people with health conditions, singles can find like-minded people who get your health challenges. Plus, meeting someone with similar health challenges can be pretty awesome. You already have a huge part of your lives in common. Of course, these apps are not without controversy.