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Discover the latest tech, workshops, dance, sports, service animals and more! Lines from a throwback Bey song blare, because you know, my fave singer sparks unstoppable confidence. I always strive to find something that shows my personality—something cute without compromising comfortability. Nothing too fancy but can complement a nice pair of hoop earrings.
The MBTA ride has already been scheduled. But oh, how wrong they are! I still like to get dressed up and hang out with friends for dinner or even, on occasion head to a local lounge or rooftop bar and have a good time.
I still meet people, therefore, I still have the opportunity to date. And by now, my friends know better than to try to play matchmaker. I prefer online dating. I come up with a fitting bio to showcase who I am and select a few of my favorite photos of myself. I absolutely include pictures of me confidently in my wheelchair—what do I have to hide? The last thing I want to do is to cover up who I am, so I do my best to let potential suitors know the real deal. Does it turn people away? It might. And I have gotten to have some pretty interesting conversations and dates out of it.
Every so often, when I think about my dating life, I fear the idea of being a burden. I battle with the life sentence of degenerating muscle function which comes with the promise of an atypical day-by-day. It makes me appreciate life. Some people who have lived with the disease have been in battle mode since childhood. Others like myself, experience symptoms closer into early adulthood. I value each day. Comprised motor function means that sometimes, I have difficulty walking, moving around or standing without falling.
At times, breathing and swallowing can be troubling. The very idea scares me, even at the thought. Pain can be inevitable. No matter the age when someone develops MD—which can occur even in the embryotic stage—muscle aches and stiffness are among the first notable symptoms. As the proteins in the body begin to lose their might, things as simple as sitting up from a lying position can be problematic. All these symptoms in mind, I find myself parsing through a sea of anxiety when thinking about meeting my mate. And, I will feel like one sometimes.
I question if he will feel that I can meet his needs or will he think that my MD will get in the way? I definitely do not want to leave him a widower, either.
These thoughts come often. They just want to be nice, but it still hurts. My bout with muscular dystrophy allows for me to let my smarts take the spotlight and develop clever workarounds against my obstacles. Social media and YouTube channels help a lot, too. I often search the hashtag DisabilityAndDating. One of my channels to check out is Sitting Pretty LoLo.
Videos like these are always helpful for me. I still plan to fall in love. As a business owner and a woman who has always been on the go, my match would be someone who is able to keep up with me, challenge me and someone who I can volley ideas with. I love to laugh—so of course that someone has to be entertaining. I really want to build an empire with a partner who is also my best friend.
I pray that he will appreciate life as much as I do and can feel just as happy and fulfilled with me as he would with a woman without MD. When things calm down, I might find myself back on a dating app or two. One day, I might even create my own so that those with Muscular Dystrophy and other disabilities can have a place where they feel most comfortable to be their best selves without judgement in an able-bodied-focused app. When I do date, I know that that person will show up for me in all the ways that I need, too. Have you seen it?
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Tonight is date night. You Are Not Your Disability! Always remember to: Go for it! You totally can. You can still have sex. It may not look like the movies — but your life is not over and boring because you have a walker, wheelchair, etc. You and your partner have the fortune of getting creative—which can be super fun in itself. Move confidently.
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