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Second in a series. Read the first here. They require good communication, patience, trust, and understanding. If you or your partner happens to have a disability, this can bring about an entirely different set of difficulties. In this two-part series, I am sharing my experiences about dating with a disability.
Last week, I went into detail about the hardships of navigating online dating. Note: Muscular Dystrophy News is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The opinions expressed in this column are not those of Muscular Dystrophy News or its parent company, BioNews Services, and are intended to spark discussion about issues pertaining to muscular dystrophy. Fill in the required fields to post. Envelope icon Subscribe to our newsletter Get regular updates to your inbox. Your. Share this article: Share article via Copy article link. Leah and Will. Courtesy of Leah Leilani. Last December, I decided to make a profile on a dating app called Plenty of Fish.
After hearing good things about it, I wanted to try my luck. In the month that I had been on the site, I talked to more than a few guys, but none of them was a hit. That was until one guy, in particular, sent me a message.
There was only one picture of him, and it was blurry. Over the next couple of weeks, I would occasionally drop hints about my disease. Alas, he never persisted in asking me questions. One day, out of the blue, he sent me a text and asked if I would like to meet him at a restaurant by the beach for dinner. I answered by saying yes and that I would be the girl in the decorated wheelchair. It was four days after Christmas, and my chair was still decked out in tinsel.
For our third date, we decided to go to a local bowling alley. Well, most bowling alleys have a contraption that acts like a ramp for the ball. I called the bowling alley beforehand to reserve one just for us. As the date went along, Will got better and better about picking up the ball and moving the ramp for me. We even playfully strategized about how best to position the ramp to roll a strike.
As we crossed the street to a frozen yogurt place, Will started to ask me about the specifics of my disease. He wondered aloud that if I exerted all the strength in my arm, would it affect the energy in the rest of my body. As the last five months have flown by, our relationship has grown and blossomed. I have those obstacles to thank for making us stronger together. We are both perfectly fine with staying inside and cuddling up to watch Netflix.
Sometimes, I am so tired that I am unable to go out to get something to eat. In these instances, I am grateful when Will offers to bring me food. Recently, he has learned which medications I take, so now he can arrange them for me when I need them.
At first, I was opposed to the idea of my boyfriend also being my caretaker. Now I realize that it brings us closer and I cherish the fact that he wants to help. It is not impossible to find someone who loves you and sees past your ailments. Someone who wants you so much that they will go through the motions with you.
Print This. Leah advocates for those with disabilities and promotes an understanding of her condition by evoking a positive outlook upon the obstacles she faces. Away from her jobs, Leah is known among family and friends for her artistic creativity and outgoing personality. Tags caringdating and MDrelationships.
Leave a comment Fill in the required fields to post. Your Name. Your Comment. Recommended reading. September 24, by BNS Staff. September 24, Columns by Betty Vertin. September 24, Columns by Prudence Jones.Dating someone with muscular dystrophy
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Dating with a Disability: Part 2