"We talked about everything; there was no taboo," he said.
"I've dated a couple of people with SCI, and that's nice because you're already comfortable with the situation." Her worst date ever was at the movies with a guy she really liked. But you have to deal with that; it's the reality of my life, unfortunately." Like anyone else, Tricia has had "good relationships and bad relationships." Several years ago, after encouragement from friends with disabilities who had met their lifelong mates through the Internet, Tricia decided to try online dating.
When Brad * became paralyzed from the chest down after a motorcycle accident in 1991, he went in an instant from being "close to 6 foot 4 and 215 4 feet 5 inches( in a wheelchair)." After leaving the hospital, he worried about what people saw when they looked at him and what assumptions they might be making about him-did they see him, or did they see a disabled person?
"I didn't know how to react to myself, let alone how to react to somebody who was reacting to me," he remembered.
David has had tetraplegia (quadriplegia) for 10 years.
He has dated several women since his injury, and in the last year has been in a romantic relationship with Janna.
Getting comfortable with himself was an important step in being able to feel confident about dating.