The lymphoma experience can be difficult on people who are not part of a couple, especially for those without close family members to support them. If you live alone, you may be more aware of your needs than those who live with others. Remember, your friends may want to continue to help you even after your lymphoma treatment has ended. By telling them what you need, either emotionally, like listening to your concerns, or physically, like helping with household chores, you can help them feel good and they can help you feel better.

Also, now that you are entering your life beyond lymphoma, you or your family and friends may feel that you are comfortable to start dating and finding a potential partner. However, recognize that being single is alright too. You may feel that you are not ready yet and wish to concentrate on your existing relationships with your family and friends. You know yourself the best. Do not let others pressure you into doing something you are not comfortable with.


American Cancer Society. Talking With Friends and Relatives About Your Cancer. Revised May 30, 2013

National Cancer Institute. Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment. Social and Work Relationships