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Love and disability: “The ‘who’d have me’ thoughts almost never leave my head”


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by Jennifer McShane
25th Mar 2021

Read time: 7 mins

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when you’re disabled, finding love, waiting to be loved all-consumingly by another (it doesn’t have to be a movie-centric whirlwind, a quiet loveliness is just as potent), I think feels an impossible quest.

On Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day, Jennifer McShane ponders one of the hardest aspects of her disability.

I should start this by saying, I am obsessed with love. The thought of being in love in life, in a book, a film, a song – it’s the first thing I gravitate towards. Never mind we are told frequently that romantic love is the all-encompassing type of love which makes life worth living and, particularly as women, this is what we should seek if we are to be truly happy.  This has always made...

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