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Chronic Illness Dating Apps: Meeting the Need

I don’t need a dating app myself as I have been happily married to my husband, Dave, for over 30 years, and together many more. I see so many of my friends and some of you in the COPD.net forums who would love to find someone but don’t think they could find someone who would want to put up with all of their conditions.

I think there is a perfect match out there for everyone, and the most important thing is to connect with someone who truly understands what you've gone through. Imagine an app designed to connect individuals with chronic illnesses.

Chronic disease dating apps possibilities

Don’t get me wrong, I think that you could still find someone without a chronic illness, but I just think that others going through some of the same things may understand you more. Even if you don’t live in the same state as someone else, I think it would be enjoyable for others to just video chat or message with someone they may be attracted to.

Who knows what could happen down the road? Maybe they could end up being together. Maybe the app could have locations, interests, hobbies, etc., to match.

I have never used a dating app myself, but I have heard from others about how they work. I’m sure there is a way to match everyone up or even where they could look on their own.

I see some of my online friends with COPD or other chronic health problems living alone or lonely. Some long to have that closeness with someone. Someone to confide in, lean on, and give and get support. We all get lonely sometimes.

A platform for friendship and understanding

If you're not seeking a romantic relationship but simply want a friend who understands and can chat with you daily, that's important too. Many of us have Facebook groups for support, but I believe one-on-one time is important, even through a screen.

Another thought that I had was to have dating events in different cities that could possibly be hosted by the creator of the app, like the speed dating that we have all seen on TV. At these speed dates, everyone would know beforehand that someone may have an illness or disability.

They would go in knowing that they could find someone just like them who may understand what it is like to have a chronic illness. This person would not judge them based on the illnesses or disabilities that they might have.

I would love to see all of my online friends have a chance at love or friendship that everyone deserves. I think that having an app like this could be so beneficial for them.

Taking the initiative

So, who out there is going to get this started? I wish I knew how. Maybe you know someone who can.

How do you feel about this subject? Have any of you ever used a dating app or seen a dating app for COPD or those who are chronically ill? Please share with us in the comments below.

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