I always feel like my disability is just hanging out there.
Since I don’t have any control of my waist or legs my shorter right leg kind of swings first and my left drags the floor just a little as it swings through. I am used to people staring at my legs as I am almost always in a skirt or dress. Now I even like to show the leg braces off a little.Sometimes my skirts barely cover the thigh straps on the tops of my braces.This is the story of how I met Jeff and our first date together. Jeff doesn’t seem to mind dating paraplegic girls or that I’m handicapped. I still can’t believe, if I wasn’t running late for work that day, we may have never met.Being in a rush, I decided to go in my wheelchair, without the leg braces I usually wear.My right leg just stopped growing when I was about 13 and my left leg continued to grow until I was about 17.
It’s really not that much difference, but to make up for it most of my shoes have a built-up sole on the right side, and are one size smaller since that foot is smaller.When I use my wheelchair I don’t need a pair of shoes with a build-up. The footrests on my chair are in the middle and close together.The right footrest plate is just a little higher to make up the difference in my leg length.I have all kinds of shoes from athletic shoes to sandals for the summer.My favorites though are the high heels I wear at work. My right leg is also a little shorter than my left one, another part of my disability.But if I start offering information about my disability, or ask them about dating paraplegic girls, they seem to get uncomfortable. I am having a very hard time of going from one end of the desirable scale to the other virtually overnight.