A new breed of dating sites has emerged to play cupid for people with chronic diseases and disabilities.
Over the past five years, several sites -- such as Prescription4love.com, Nolongerlonely.com, and -- have launched to serve the needs of people with conditions ranging from bipolar disorder to Crohn's disease.
Together these sites now boast tens of thousands of members.
In addition to providing their users with a more hospitable environment, these websites defuse the tension over how and when to disclose an illness, which is often an issue for people with diseases and disabilities who venture onto mainstream dating sites.
Prescription 4 Love, which started charging in May 2009, is .95 per month, while most of the features on No Longer Lonely (including the dating service and chat rooms) are still free.
(Access to the site's full features is available for per year.
Finally, people can find people with common interests, no matter how specific they might be. Sure, it is great for you to meet someone who is as into Russian literature, the Wu-Tang Clan and snuggling as you are, but maybe some tastes aren't meant to be satisfied.
If you delve a little deeper into the online dating landscape, past your OKCupids and your Match.coms, you'll find a world where people are seeking and finding inmates, sugar daddies, and vampire hunters with the click of a mouse.
Even in our post-Americans With Disabilities Act society, notes Watson, failing to mention that you're confined to a wheelchair or dealing with another type of handicap might bring a first date to an abrupt end after a courtesy "I'm sorry" drink.
The stigma of mental illness People with physical disabilities aren't the only ones who face stigma while dating.
People with mental health problems, from chronic depression to schizophrenia, have also benefited from specialized sites.
The organization has been responsible for almost 1,000 marriages, according to Watson.
As one of its first members, he should know: He met his wife, Lynn, at a Date Able Valentine's Day party in 1988.