New dating site aims to match singles with diseases in common

Kim LaCapria - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 9:52 p.m. ET

A new dating site is taking niche marketing to a medical extreme by matching lonely hearts who have isolating diseases in common.

While on the surface it may sound like the least romantic idea that has ever been conceived, chronic disease sufferers say the concept has merit. Thomas Grogan, a survivor of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, spoke to MSNBC about his experiences dating after surviving the disease:

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The logistics of navigating a fledgling relationship is another motivation, Grogan said. “At what point do you tell somebody you are a cancer survivor? I have had the experience of going out on dates, it gets to the third or fourth date and looks like something might develop, and I tell this person and they disappear.”

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Indeed, it may seem that a level of understanding between two potential partners can be vastly improved by sharing the same challenges. But a psychologist interviewed on the subject says that matches rooted in shared suffering may cause people to gloss over crucial points of compatibility. Dr. Suzanne Miller, a clinical psychologist and director of behavioral medicine at Philadelphia’s Fox Chase Cancer Center says that “there is a very strong risk of overlooking things you should not overlook.”

If the idea of finding a mate with common medical issues sounds appealing, you can create an account at, and instead of sorting a partner by location, height or age, select a potential date by condition. What do you think, readers? Practical or depressing?


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