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Should You Include Your Disability in Your Dating Profile?

Does not labeling your disability on your profile stem from being dishonest? Well, that’s a tough question to answer. There is an assortment of possible answers to that question pertaining to an individual’s own perspective.

Honesty, communication, and respect are critical components in the success of any relationship. Both parties need to have the courage to be upfront to convey their wants and desire. Things become unparalleled when one side is genuine while the other is beating around the bushes and non-committal.  

Your disability is yours and nobody else. The choice is sorely yours to determine to whom, when, and how to disclose your impairments.

Exchanging a few words doesn’t indicate every little detail has to be laid out immediately simply for being disabled. Screw that!

Only you can determine the proper time to discuss in depth your health conditions, nobody else. Daters are not commonly flaunting their vulnerability and insecurities for the world to judge. On the contrary, many only showcase their poise and integrable persona while their words don’t match their actions. 

Being ambiguous and obscure is not justifiable but come on. It is unfair to expect to be open about something that humanity has frowned upon greatly. This world doesn’t necessarily welcome with open arms the concept of disability and doing things differently.  How to acquire love and acceptance after being regarded as outlandish for not fitting the norm? Very difficult!

At the same time, it is an able person’s right to figure out whether he/she want to date a disabled individual or not. Some might not be open to it, meanwhile others might be willing to try to see how things advance. And that is okay! It is a personal choice!

Not everyone will overlook your limitations and could view them as burdens. Keep in mind, your disability is part of you: not who you are.

Constantly having to try to convince someone that you are more than your condition is a disgrace to your entire well-being. Literally, it is insane to permit strangers to value or devalue our self-worth based on unrealistic standards. 

Anyone seriously invested in loving you will love you exactly as you are, disability and all. Let me clarify something; perfection does not exist. If for some reason, you are not what he/she wants, so be it. You wouldn’t be the last or the first disabled person to be rejected, although it could feel like it.

Note, a portion of people with disabilities has difficulties making amends with their limitations caused by childhood traumas.

Traumatic experiences ascribe to physical or mental constraints amongst peers constantly trying to repair the unrepairable unknowingly inflicting permanent self-esteem damage.

Therefore, being transparent can be increasingly challenging and even paralyzing at times. It is utilized as a defense mechanism to help cope with the pressure of not being accepted. The world isn’t too keen on acknowledging what they don’t comprehend.

The endless cycle of limited thoughts will continue until a new way of thinking is learned making amends with self-rejecting believes. Abandoning old thinking patterns wouldn’t precisely be smooth sailing either, but the final outcome will be gratifying accompanied by immense self-growth. It is an enormous gift to discover how precious and valuable you are.

Nobody has a right to criticize your actions on whether to opt to disclose your disability in your dating profile or not. Routinely, individuals are not necessarily jumping on the bandwagon of displaying their insecurities for the world to see. Then, why should a disabled person be obligated to share every minuscular detail of his/her prognosis?

Naturally, it is noteworthy to be your authentic self, yet does not imply putting everything on the table purely due to owning a disability.

Many don’t go on stating, “Oh, I had a beauty enhancement surgery because I felt self-conscious of my small chest.” For example, men do not say “btw, I was going bald, so I adopted to get hair implants.” It is all relative! (Not trying to shame anyone who got any of these things done. I’m employing them as examples to get my point across. I believe, you can do whatever you desire with your body if it makes you happy. For some reason, it’s your body).

Choosing to be straight about having a disability is a personal choice as it’s a person’s preference to date a disabled individual or not. Here, we are all about having the capacity to make choices! Nevertheless, one shouldn’t wait until the relationship is fully developed to mention the disability. Waiting longer than necessary, can hurt more as you will be attempting to hold onto a relationship that was never there to begin with.

Always, do whatever makes you feel comfortable. Only you understand what you can handle, and the many traumas endured. However, always stay true to your personality without betraying it. It’s your decision and nobody else’s!

Stay Beautiful XoXo

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  1. November 30, 2022 / 7:10 pm

    You make some very valid points here! And I love that you emphasize personal choice and comfort throughout. There will always be some out there who don’t get it unfortunately but awareness and sharing can be key.

    • shesdioma
      December 1, 2022 / 1:18 pm

      Exactly… One you know what you have been through and how past experience have affected you. There is no right or wrong answer as long as you stay true to yourself.

  2. November 30, 2022 / 7:11 pm

    Plus I always love the pictures you share!

    • shesdioma
      December 1, 2022 / 1:12 pm

      Thanks, 🙂 That means a lot!!!

  3. December 1, 2022 / 1:14 am

    Love the point about perfection not existing! And I totally agree that someone who is right for you will love the real you!

    • shesdioma
      December 1, 2022 / 1:05 pm

      Thank you, often we live chasing an unrealistic perfectionism that we forget to appreciated the present.

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