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I hadn’t intended to talk about my breasts on my first date, and it seemed he was just as reluctant to hear about them!
‘Finding oneself back on the “dating scene” later in life is challenging for anyone.
But I wasn’t sure if he knew I had had a mastectomy.
We never spoke about it in our early days together, and as our relationship progressed and we got closer it was still never discussed.
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It was over a year after my diagnosis and I don't think I was ready, emotionally or physically.
‘I knew I would have to broach the subject one day so I told him by text (it was easier than a face-to-face conversation) that I needed to go into hospital for another operation, my breast reconstruction.
I gave him the choice there and then to walk away if he couldn’t cope.
‘That’s not to say I haven’t felt self-conscious about it and really miss how I felt before breast cancer – there is a mourning for how it used to be.
‘There are plenty of people out there who will be totally accepting of any changes as a result of breast cancer. Tell potential partners at the time that feels right for you – don’t feel under pressure to say something the minute you meet someone.’ Melissa was married when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at 38 in 2007, but her marriage broke down and she started a new relationship soon after. Dating wasn’t the problem, but I did worry about how he would react to my scars. ‘I am currently in a new relationship with an old school friend.