Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse by Shane Burcaw

Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse by Shane Burcaw
November 2, 2019 Alexandra Adlawan

M for Mature

With his signature acerbic wit and hilarious voice, twenty-something author, blogger, and entrepreneur Shane Burcaw is back with an essay collection about living a full life in a body that many people perceive as a tragedy. From anecdotes about first introductions where people patted him on the head instead of shaking his hand, to stories of passersby mistaking his able-bodied girlfriend for a nurse, Shane tackles awkward situations and assumptions with humor and grace.


This book is part funny memoir and part educational resource to understand the injustices people in the disabled community still face, like weird interactions with strangers in restaurants and not being able to fly on an airplane without the risk of their electric wheelchair being smashed, mangled, or even lost during the flight.


In my book review for Shane’s last book, Not So Different, I mentioned how I wanted to find out some of the more ridiculous questions that people have asked him. Well, I got my wish. I can’t imagine anyone asking anyone these kinds of questions, whether or not the person is disabled. There’s even a whole chapter answering questions people have asked him about his sex life. Unless you’re a doctor or interested in having a physical relationship with the person, you should not be asking anyone these questions. I saw on a show that people are more likely to be mean or rude on the internet because they think they’ll never meet the person in real life. I think that might be why people ask such personal and stupid questions.


I can’t think of any questions I would ask Shane, whether online or in person. Everything I wanted to know is in his books, along with other things I didn’t need to know.


I want to know more about what Shane is currently up to, click on the YouTube link below to check out Shane and his girlfriend, Hannah’s YouTube Channel Squirmy and Grubs(I have no idea why they chose this title).


This weeks’ Weird but True Fact about Urine

An adult’s bladder can hold two cups of urine.


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