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Dating and Marriage

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Having a partner can be good for your health

Lots of people date. Wanting to date is the same for everyone. Lots of people get married. Wanting to get married is the same for everyone. It does not matter if you have a spinal cord injury.

What is important in dating and marriage? What do people look for in their partner?

  • Trust.
  • Honesty.
  • Helping each other in hard times.
  • Getting along well.
  • Caring.
  • Spending time together.
  • Believing in yourself.
  • Love.

These things are important for everyone. It does not matter if you have a spinal cord injury.

There are many people in your life. There are friends. There are family members. There are people who help you with your health, like your doctor or therapist. There are people who help you do things every day, like your helper. There are people you date. There are people you might want to live with or marry. Having good people in your life help you feel happy and healthy.

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Having a partner can make you feel good

Being with someone can make you feel good about yourself. You want to look good when you are with someone. That can make you want to take good care of your skin. Taking care of your skin helps you prevent pressure ulcers (which is what a doctor or nurse calls pressure sores or bedsores).

Aaron likes to look good for the ladies. He knows that pressure ulcers look bad and smell bad. Aaron tries not to get pressure ulcers so he can keep dating.