It may take time and patience and perhaps professional counseling to work through these issues that can come up, but remember that all relationships involve challenges—and the one you’re pursuing is different…but no less worth fighting for.You meet an attractive girl at a bar who happens to smile at you as you pass by and would like to talk to her.

The truth is looking, and feeling manly is difficult when confined to a metal chair on wheels.

Working out, getting in shape, wearing the latest trends, having white teeth, nothing can help lift the sinking feeling you are different from the rest of the guys in the room.

“After I got home from the hospital after my accident, I took a lot of my frustrations out on my boyfriend,” says Jessica Gordon from Bucksport, Maine, who’s a quadriplegic.

“It took a while before I realized I still had the desire to find true happiness and love with another person,” she says.

TV and movies, both fictional and reality-based, are showing more people dating the wheelchair-bound, from the bevy of girlfriends and fans in the hit Paralympian documentary their dog to the park—even though Danny became a paraplegic after being thrown from a truck. “We live a very normal life.” Sounds great—in theory. D, psychologist at Cherry Creek Psychology in Denver, Colorado.

But for many people, the thought of dating someone in a chair still seems daunting—is it rude to ask questions? “Just like able-bodied individuals, some people in wheelchairs are loving and interesting, while some are jerks.” Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here are five ways to prep yourself before a date with someone who has a physical disability.“Don’t worry so much about being intimate and having babies—which is possible—and other long-term issues,” says Stump. ” Yes, out-of-the ordinary scenarios—like two people out on a date and one of them being in a wheelchair—can cause some people to do double-takes…and worse.“I’ve gotten stares, stupid questions like, ‘Is that your brother? No matter how many ignorant questions or comments you get, remember that at one point you probably didn’t know much about people in wheelchairs, either.He has always loved playing sports, and as a child, he loved soccer in particular.After the accident, while Scott could no longer play soccer, but it didn’t mean his days as an athlete were over. He found wheelchair basketball, one of the most competitive wheelchair sports in the United States, and has been able to flourish through the sport.Most people with a serious medical condition experience resentment and depression, and, yes, that can affect their dating lives.