I dream of an uncomplicated love story, because recently, my life story has been … Last May, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The news came one year after I'd up and moved from New Jersey to California.My family and best friends -- my main support system -- were back east.Fireworks will go off at the end of the date (real ones, obviously) and the rest will be history.

Remember, going to a social event can be just that — a chance to get out and enjoy yourself, nothing more.

Cancer treatment can leave scars, impact mood, decrease desire, and alter sexual function, leaving you feeling insecure and uncomfortable with your body.

Some people want to discuss their cancer right away because they feel it’s an important factor shaping who they are.

Others tend to bring it up almost as a defense mechanism — a test to make sure the other person can handle it so they can avoid being hurt later on, Ms.

Though happily married for 35 years, battling cancers these past five years makes one reflect on the toll it takes on the spouse.

Becoming more vain, more spontaneous at times, and more self-absorbed are all manifestations of anxieties that must be addresed in a two-way conversation.

But somewhere between being declared in remission this past April and my hair slowly but surely making its Jewfro comeback, I realized I couldn’t rely on old relationships that didn’t work; I already had enough battles going on. I wanted to feel normal again, to date like any other twentysomething.

Besides, going on dates helps you forget your past and have fun in the moment, right? In job-centric, car-happy Los Angeles, that generally means doing the online thing.

Though many cancer patients have the same questions and concerns, no two relationships are the same.

A younger person with goals of marriage and children — and potential mates who may have had little experience with serious illness — probably has different dating concerns than an older person, whose potential partners might very well be dealing with their own health issues.

It’ll be love at first sight, confirmed by a mumbled joke about the band we’re seeing or the bag of carrots one of us just dropped.