The couple married in Hamilton, Ontario, where they live, and took a Mexico honeymoon. They want to have children someday, but for now, they’re enjoying their life together. They hope to “learn and change and grow old together” as they live out their married life. Justin and Sabrina met online in November 2007 when Sabrina sent Justin a message. “I really think your smile is beautiful… do you want to talk?

About Cerebral Palsy

Dating someone with a disability is no different from dating a non-disabled person. If there is one thing the entire human race has in common, it is the ability to love and want to be loved. Absolutely nothing, and this article, along with the others in our series ahead of Valentine’s Day,will help to remove the misconceptions around dating someone with a disability. Cerebral palsy is a congenital disorder that affects muscle tone and/or posture. It’s caused by damage to the immature brain as it develops, most often before birth, and it is not transmittable. There are many instances where a person with disabilities and an able-bodied person experience intense connections, and enter a relationship that may, or may not, lead to marriage.

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I have so many good memories from all of my relationships. I think my favorite memories are those memories where my disabilities and access needs were really accepted and accommodated. The first time I fell in front of one of my boyfriends, I was super nervous about how he’d react. But he said “I’m sorry I didn’t catch you,” and my heart just melted. Dating men with mobility impairments makes having physical contact a challenge. With a wheelchair or two coming in between our physical bodies and separating us in physical distance, cuddling and holding hands while watching a movie or riding on the bus are impossible.

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The earlier a baby is born, the greater the cerebral palsy risk. Other conditions affecting the mother that can slightly increase the risk of cerebral palsy include thyroid problems, preeclampsia or seizures. I love the fact that he has patience with me, especially when I am being stubborn. We moved in together last year and recently got married. Here is what I have learned from this experience.

Again, it comes down to being adaptive and working out what works for you. In terms of assistive equipment, my main two are a yoga strap which allows me to tie my legs together when training legs to allow better muscle activation and using fewer external muscle groups. I also use the strap to tie myself onto the bench when lifting a significant weight to help improve my stability, particularly as balancing is something I have difficulty with. On several occasions, I have fallen off of the bench, so this just gives me that little bit of reassurance. The second one I use a lot is a medium-sized muscle roller.

This is a trap you should watch out for — and if you’re the partner who has cerebral palsy, don’t be afraid to bring this up. But doing all of this research can also cause you to see your partner as, first and foremost, someone who has a disability. It’s easy to accidentally find yourself thinking that having cerebral palsy is your love’s defining characteristic. A diagnosis of premature adrenarche is made when these symptoms are present but without the simultaneous early development of breasts in girls or genital enlargement in boys.

One of the best things a person with disabilities can do , is to have a response to the basic questions one hears all the time. For example, if someone asks, “What happened to you? …” I’ve found that this preparation really helps me to not be so easily offended or taken off guard. I can’t be the only one who gets a little confused for a moment when asked, “Hey, what happened to you? ” But having something prepared helps lessen that surprised feeling for me while also helping to educate the person, no matter how briefly. Disability Horizons is an online lifestyle magazine that aims to help disabled people live the life they choose.

If finding love is an important part of a person’s life plan, they should pursue it, and not let anyone else tell them otherwise. Although some people feel that another person with a disability may understand his or her point of view better than an able-bodied person, others want to socialize in a more diverse setting. But for too many people with disabilities, February 14 can be a time to focus on what one does not have.

An ambulance had to take me to the hospital where I was revived seven times. My parents received a diagnosis of cerebral palsy when I was around 18 months old and it was believed to be caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. I dated a guy with cerebral palsy for about a year. For some strange reason, I shied away from dating another person with a disability, as I thought it would be the only thing we would talk about. I was very wrong and it was one of the most fun and supportive relationships I’d ever been in.

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It is important that each party feel they do not have to sacrifice to be with someone else. Time spent together, and apart, can grow supportive relationships to greater heights. Picture, in full imagery, what you aspire your future to be. Envisioning a future will more clearly define the type of person you hope to share a future with. Seek opportunities to meet the type of person that shares your vision of the future and has the qualities you desire. It’s important for the love seeker to be as open about their situation without revealing too much information.