Dating and disability- meeting online

Published Date
11/02/2014
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I have been dating online for at least seven or eight years. I feel it is a much easier way for someone with Duchenne muscular dystrophy like me, who finds it impossible to speak loud enough to have a proper conversation and get to know people in traditional (noisy) meeting places such as pubs and night clubs, to meet a potential partner.Robert Watson pic

I have experienced both the positive and the negative sides of online dating. Although I am still looking for a ‘proper’ girlfriend, I have made one very good companion thanks to online dating. About three and a half years ago I came across the profile of a girl I liked the look of, who also happened to live in the same town as me which made it even better. I wrote her a message which she replied to quite quickly. We sent a few messages back and forth then we started chatting regularly. This went on for about a month until I felt we knew each other enough to meet in person for the first time. We were both nervous about it as neither of us had ever done anything like this before and so we agreed to meet in the local park, a very public, open place, just to be safe! As soon as we met, we started chatting and seemed to hit it off straight away. We chatted for a couple of hours before we each headed back home……

Read more about Robert’s experience in Trailblazers’ It’s complicated report 

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