One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to people with disabilities is that we do not have feelings or emotions, or we do not understand the true meaning of love or want a significant other when truthfully, we all have the same desires as everyone else.
For as long as I can remember, I had always been the hopeless romantic type from a very young age. From the age of 14, I always pictured myself getting married in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, in a small cabin with all my friends and family, as I walked down the aisle to my husband in my purple LiteGait walker.
When it comes to being single with a disability, it could be challenging because you have all these wants and desires when it comes to finding a partner. Some people in society see a disability such as Cerebral Palsy as a negative thing and not something unique. When I was single four years ago, I was talking to a young man who had an issue with me having Cerebral Palsy. He said, “Tylia, you are a beautiful girl, but you are in a wheelchair. It would be different if you were not in a wheelchair, but since you are, I would much rather be friends than anything else.”