Shane Burcaw is a blogger, an entrepreneur, and an award-winning writer known for his wiseass humor and enthusiasm for life. All this and he’s just twenty-six years old. Oh, and you should also know that he has spinal muscular atrophy, a disease that makes him get weaker as he gets older.
In Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse, his second book of essays, Shane offers his own hilarious and unique perspective on living a full and happy life. From anecdotes about first introductions when people patted him on the head instead of shaking his hand to stories of passersby mistaking his able-bodied girlfriend for his nurse, Shane tackles awkward situations and assumptions with humor and grace.
You would not be wrong in assuming that these essays are about day-to-day life as a wheelchair user with a muscle-wasting disease, but once you read them, you’ll find that they are also about family, falling in love, and becoming an adult.