Relationships come in all forms, which makes falling in love a beautiful thing. In the beginning of a new relationship, many struggle with being vulnerable in sharing themselves with their significant other. They do this in fear of not being accepted as their new relationship goes to the next level. While for some, their vulnerability is shown in their physical appearance. This could be because they have a physical disability, one that takes acceptance in a relationship to a whole new meaning. To fully love someone just the way that they are – both on the inside and out – is true love and acceptance.
Inter-abled relationships are rare, even unheard of until recently. Since the new decade is becoming a more diverse and inclusive world, some couples are allowing mainstream media a peek into theirs. A peek of a life that is built not only what the person’s disability entails in their relationship, but their beautiful life together.
YouTubers such as Shane Burcaw and Hannah Aylward do just this. Shane has spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disorder which has him wheelchair-bound. However, he didn’t let his disability stand in the way of finding true love. Love that has even led to marriage with Hannah, a young woman who sees past Shane’s physical appearance and truly loves him for who he is. The world needs to see more of this. An extraordinary love between two people, whose acceptance of one another is more profound and true.
At the end of the day, isn’t this what we all want? To be truly accepted and loved as we are in romantic relationships. Speaking from my own experience in having a disability, I’m a firm believer that there is someone for everyone. All it takes is the right person who has the right intentions for their love. A love that begins with full and fearless acceptance.
SourceMauch, Abby. “YouTubers Who Highlight Interabled Relationship Have ‘Perfect’ Wedding: We ‘Are Beyond Thrilled'”. People Magazine, 12 September 2020.
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