I am a paraplegic, paralyzed from just above my waist down to my feet.I have been a paraplegic since I was a little girl. My legs are very thin and flaccid, but I still think of myself as attractive, even sexy.Some of us are able to walk short distances on good days. Be patient with us, we're not trying to be difficult or insult you by turning down your offers to help us.But keep the 'it's a miracle, you've been cured' joke to yourself.11. Stick some music on and we can happily dance along. It's by being able to achieve the small things, even when it takes us longer than usual, which helps us keep our independence.
"I didn't know how to react to myself, let alone how to react to somebody who was reacting to me," he remembered.
February 14, 2006 Dating is hard enough in the best of times; after a spinal cord injury, insecurities about body image and doubts about one's desirability as a romantic partner can become a major concern.
At our annual forum on dating and relationships-which fell on Valentine's Day this year-several people with SCI shared their personal experiences of coming to grips with their changed selves and making their way in the world of dating and mating after injury.
But in the climate that prevailed at the time, people were shocked that I dared to hope for romance and physical intimacy. I was taught all of societies’ biases: that people with disabilities are different, sub-human, to be avoided (which is why we segregated them).
It was as if, somehow, my disability made me less human to them. And yet, when I became one of “them,” I was, still me.
This is the story of how I met Jeff and our first date together. Jeff doesn’t seem to mind dating paraplegic girls or that I’m handicapped. I still can’t believe, if I wasn’t running late for work that day, we may have never met.