Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse

Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse

by Shane Burcaw
Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse

Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse

by Shane Burcaw


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With his signature wit, 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.

On the surface, these essays are about day-to-day life as a wheelchair user with a degenerative disease, but they are actually about family, love, and coming of age.

Shane Burcaw is one half of the hillarious YouTube duo, Squirmy and Grubs, which he runs with his girlfriend, now fiancee, Hannah Aylward.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626727700
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Shane Burcaw has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and a wicked sense of humor. He runs a blog about his experiences and is the founder of a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing adaptive technology to people living with muscular dystrophy. He is the author of Laughing at My Nightmare and the picture book Not So Different. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his girlfriend.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Eighth-Grade Pee Fiasco 6

Chapter 2 Ron 16

Chapter 3 Locked Out 27

Chapter 4 Road Rage and Rag Dolls 35

Chapter 5 Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse 41

Chapter 6 Buffalo 47

Chapter 7 Reddit 56

Chapter 8 Laughing at Our Nightmare 64

Chapter 9 Jerika 74

Chapter 10 Beaufort 80

Chapter 11 Rant 88

Chapter 12 Deadly Ducks and Cheese Curds 93

Chapter 13 The Elevator 103

Chapter 14 San Francisco 113

Chapter 15 Hannah and Shane Take Manhattan 122

Chapter 16 Adaptation 134

Chapter 17 Your Complete Guide to Shane's Sex Life 141

Chapter 18 Another Bathroom Story 148

Chapter 19 Coughing 152

Chapter 20 If I Could Walk 156

Chapter 21 Spinraza 160

Chapter 22 StankTour 172

Chapter 23 The Move 191

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