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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).

When I told them I was their response was: “Oh well, he knew what he was getting himself into then.” (Honestly, people have no idea what they are saying sometimes).

Back in the dating world at 43, during the 2000s, my insecurities—the beauty and body issues—returned in force.

My self-esteem as a woman, however, took a big hit.

Intellectually, I know it shouldn’t, but the cultural messaging of revulsion and burdensomeness around disability that I was taught as a child and my inability to meet conventional definitions of womanly beauty, make me feel unattractive.

In this social environment whole years of my life passed with unrequited longing on my part. Anne Thomas playing volleyball " data-medium-file="https://tbmwomenintheworld2016.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/1st-yr-gwu-volleyball-team-e14284475965381.jpg? w=209&h=300" data-large-file="https://tbmwomenintheworld2016.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/1st-yr-gwu-volleyball-team-e14284475965381.jpg? w=713" class="wp-image-3265 size-medium" src="https://tbmwomenintheworld2016.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/1st-yr-gwu-volleyball-team-e14284475965381.jpg? w=209&h=300" alt="Anne Thomas playing volleyball" width="209" height="300" srcset="https://tbmwomenintheworld2016.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/1st-yr-gwu-volleyball-team-e14284475965381.jpg?

(Even able-bodied women my age will say this sounds familiar). They’re looking for trophies; women their male friends will envy. w=209&h=300 209w, https://tbmwomenintheworld2016.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/1st-yr-gwu-volleyball-team-e14284475965381.jpg? w=418&h=600 418w, https://tbmwomenintheworld2016.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/1st-yr-gwu-volleyball-team-e14284475965381.jpg? w=104&h=150 104w" sizes="(max-width: 209px) 100vw, 209px" / Then, we divorced.No way was I going to allow myself to be shut away from life.I wanted an education, a career, adventure, love, and sex.Short with wavy hair, he had the longest lashes I had ever seen on a man, and was much younger than I. The most refreshing part of it was that our relationship challenges had nothing to do with the disability.The alliance was doomed to fail for reasons of distance, religion and the age gap.Fortunately, there are some men, a few men, who don’t see the wheelchair at all. He had a mid-life crisis and ran off with another woman—sigh: Yes, the cliché applies to the disabled and able-bodied alike.

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