Dating someone whos parent has cancer
As I’ve grown up, his life and death have come to mean different things to me.
During my teenage years, he was someone I sometimes felt close to, wondered about, and even confided in on occasion.
Recently, an old friend began messaging me on social media to tell me that he had cancer.
Initially, I was shocked to hear that he’d been diagnosed with (an unspecified) form of cancer.
I’d be willing to meet, as a friend, to help support him, but I’m really uncomfortable with being asked on a date.
With respect to the large amount of detail given to an old acquaintance, I understand that he’s facing a terrifying and traumatic life event and he’s looking for all of the support he can get.
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We dated briefly (maybe two months), but I chose to end the relationship and our friendship fizzled afterwards.
What I’m asking is: is there a way to (very gently) sway him from passing along so much information and from trying to curry pity?