Bloodwise Ambassador Katie Ruane
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Online Dating - I Give Up

Bloodwise Ambassador Katie Ruane
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02 Jul 2016

Brain vomit about dating with cancer

So.  Online dating round 2.  So many words that I can’t quite get out.  I’m a few years older than when I tried it last time.  I thought it would be better.  I know myself more.  I’m generally speaking happier with who I am now.  Better at not thinking I’m fat.  Better at not thinking I’m ugly.  Better at not thinking I’m not good enough.  I have worked so hard to get to this place with me.  So hard.  People see this person, outgoing confident, which I am.  But there is also a slightly more fragile version of me.  A slightly more broken me.  It’s hidden most of the time.  It’s there though if you take the time to get to know me.  And you know what dating is really good at? Bringing this broken me to fore with my internal chat.

So I give up. 

Being alone scares me more than anything else in the world.  Not right now.  But in the future.  I don’t want to be on my own forever.  I don’t want to not have children.  I think I might have to seriously start considering this as my reality.  And I can’t bear that.  I’m so desperate for a family.  Maybe too desperate and it’s off putting.  I don’t know.

People tell me that I’m young and I’ve got so much time.  No I  don’t.  I can’t just have a baby when I feel like it.  It’s going to have to be a very clinical process.  An agreement between my consultant and I that I can take at least a year off treatment.  Get my fertility tested.   At the moment, that’s not possible.  I don’t know when it will be.  I don’t know how much of a fight it will be.  And that scares me.  I also don’t want to be an older mother.  I don’t care that many are.  That’s not what I want.  In 4 months I will be 32.  I don’t care that I’m going to be 32, I do care that in terms of having a baby time is beginning to run out.  Very quickly.  I say I have a plan and that I will do it on my own if I have to; have an IVF baby and hope that my body will support a pregnancy.   I will do this.  That also scares me.  I don’t really want to do it on my own. 

So dating.  I thought it would be a bit of fun.  I’ve been pretty relaxed about the whole process.  Tried not to get upset when I get ignored so much, or people who I’ve been chatting to suddenly disappear before we have met up.  Tried not to mind that when I have met up with guys and I think there is something there and I get the ‘I don’t think there was anything.  Let’s be friends’ message.  Part of me wants to say was it because I didn’t drink?   But then.  I have lost too many in my life already.  Is it worth losing more who could be special just because my ego has been hurt?  

And then that voice of ‘ you’re not good enough, see, I told you, you are ugly’ pops up again. 

I’m trying so hard to break this pattern.

So I give up.

There was one, who might actually read this, I gave them my blog, might regret that now.  But actually, sod it. Why should I censor myself, my mind, what I think just in case he reads this?  My blog.  My brain vomit.  My space.

And then I think it’s because of cancer.  It’s too much.  My mother told me not to mention it but it’s so hard not to.  It’s who I am.  I don’t want to lie about who I am.  Not show the real me.  Which I have done.  And apparently I’m too full on.  To confident and it’s off putting. 

So I give up.

I don’t know why this particular person has got under my skin so much.  There have been others who have preferred someone else to me and it hasn’t bothered me.  I was me with them.  I warned them I’m a bit of a lunatic, outgoing etc and they thought I was going to be different.  I was a shock.  I wasn’t what they thought.  I said what I thought.

And then I have my perfect person who I can’t be with because this universe hates me.  And I compare everyone to him.  And they aren’t him. 

So I give up.

I think I'm running out of hope...                                                                                                                    XXX


Lizzie Goates

Online dating is incredibly difficult for so many people, and it shouldnt be made more difficult just because your living with cancer. I’m sure you’ve heard this from your friends and family, but if the person you date doesn’t understand you for who you are and what you’ve been through, they are not worth dating.

As you say you’re out going, and a bit of a lunatic….people love you for this, no warning needed! If you want to, for now give up on online dating, or take a break from it, but don’t give up. You’re giving a real insight into the day to day challenges younger people face when living with cancer, this is a huge education for many people, and that in itself is invaluable. Take care, Lizzie  


Katie, please don't try to be someone you aren't. You are beautiful, and online dating doesn't work for everybody whether they have cancer or not. Also, cancer breaks up many long-term relationships. You know that the people who are still with you months along the line are the friendships worth having. Just relax, be honest, be true to yourself, enjoy life and you never know what might be around the corner. Best wishes xx

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