I was diagnosed with my first autoimmune disease shortly after my husband, Zach, and I got married. There was a time when Zach had very little patience with me and my ever changing symptoms. Before I was diagnosed with Lyme disease, anxiety was one of my worst symptoms. I literally thought I was going to die.
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Getty ImagesLana, a 38 year-old publicist in Los Angeles, was diagnosed with genital herpes in Since then, she has "kind of been hiding" from the dating scene. Let's face it: How do you drop that bomb on a potential love interest? And when? She considered a number of online dating venues, but she says Match. Despite—or perhaps because of—the economic downturn, the billion-dollar online dating industry has been booming. But not everyone has felt welcome at the party.
Two months into the pandemic, I gave in and tried Zoom dating. After a few days of chatting on OKCupid, I found myself across the screen from a perfectly nice match. It was one hour in hell: Trapped in a two-way-hostage video, I was hyperaware of everything that was missing—the smell of her perfume, how she moved through space, seeing the way she ordered a drink.
Will she still go out with me when she finds out I live with three roommates? The logic goes that by creating apps for people with health conditions, singles can find like-minded people who get your health challenges. Plus, meeting someone with similar health challenges can be pretty awesome. You already have a huge part of your lives in common. Of course, these apps are not without controversy.