I spent many years and many hours learning how to make the body work better, how to bring it out of pain. But that's not the human being alone.
I had a young man once come to me who had cerebral palsy. He came to me and he was just beating around the bush, and I was trying to figure out why was he there? But I knew there was something, so what I did is I just kept talking with him. And he said, "Can I marry a woman who doesn't have cerebral palsy?" And I said to him, "Of course you can, and you'd make a wonderful husband and father." He lit up just like a light bulb had just gone off in him, and he was so excited and so happy.
I think that that speaks a lot about him, but it speaks even more about us as a society and a culture. How, why, where did we shackle him with that ball and chain? People with disabilities have the same basic human desires for intimacy, for love, as everybody else.
How it comes to them through their disabilities is something that we don't know and we'll never know unless we take the time to listen.
"People with disabilities have the same basic human desires for intimacy, for love, as everybody else."