Chris O’Donnell’s perpetually youthful features belie his impressive credentials. Despite looking like he’s 30, the actor — actually 43 — is a bona fide veteran of the often ruthless Hollywood system, with three decades under his belt.
Dear Jenny, I’m a 29-year-old woman who has battled breast cancer twice. I had lumpectomies in both breasts, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and I’m now on hormone therapy for the next five years. I was in an eight-year relationship, but he left me right after my second diagnosis because of the surgeries and my inability to have kids. It took a while, but now I’m emotionally ready to meet someone. Unfortunately, surgeries left me with scars, hormone therapy made me put on 50 pounds (and stretch marks) and my hair is short due to chemo. I’ve been on a couple of dates, and I don’t know what to say. I don’t want pity, and it’s not like I want to say, “We just met, but just so you know, my breasts have scars and I can’t have kids!” Yet I feel I should say something so they don’t waste their time if they can’t handle it. Any advice on how to manage dating as a cancer survivor? —Warrior in pink