Dating after spinal cord injury
We hope to bring more awareness to the topic at ASCIP and look forward to sharing our feedback this fall.
Can I find love, true love after spinal cord injury? Don’t be shameful of any area in your life regarding your disability. That’s a natural part of the process in the search for a soul mate. This is not an act, arrogance or entitlement, but that if you recognize you have value, others are more likely to treat you that way.
We stopped on the curb to say our goodbyes and get into our cars, when I noticed our friend go over to Aaron.
He stood next to Aaron and held onto his right hand, and with Aaron’s left hand on the van hood, helped him step down from the curb.
Maybe my ramblings would be relatable to other significant others in situations like mine, but that is for another time. So allow me to tell you my thoughts on beginning to date someone in a wheelchair: Before I met Aaron, I had almost no prior experience with a wheelchair user.
My experience was limited to the in and out transfer from a hospital room to the front seat of a car with a family member. I do remember a time in high school, a classmate of mine broke their back while riding an ATV over the holiday break.
Once we started to get to know each other, I knew I had questions for him, but I didn’t know where to start! Aaron was going to meet my friends for the first time at a birthday party, and I was excited, but nervous.
Facing Disability President, Thea Flaum and Sara Klaas, Director of Business Development at Shriners Hospitals for Children Chicago, will be giving a presentation on the continuing need for information on and the affects of sexuality after spinal cord injury based on the extensive use of sex-related material.
I’m Katelyn Devine Baker, wife to Aaron, organizational-guru, part-time fitness enthusiast, and connoisseur of all things home decor and cooking.
Here’s our story: We met at a mutual friend’s wedding…
Such a simple task for me which I never thought about, yet watching another person struggle with the step was a bewildering moment.
I remember leaving that date, calling my girlfriend, and explaining to her that he “would change my life forever”…I did not know how, but our relationship has continued to do that.