Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse

Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse

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-bo...

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Title:Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse
Author:Shane Burcaw
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Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse Reviews

  • Tracy

    This is WOW insightful. I'm glad Shane included some of his own perceptions/misperceptions. I can certainly see where if I were in his situation, I might not be very open minded myself. Best of luck to you and Hannah, Shane!

  • Sarah K

    A must read for everyone!

    I was blown away by the stories Shane tells of what it’s like living with spinal muscular atrophy. And honestly not just what it’s like living with SMA but what it means to truly LIVE.

    This book zeroes in on many stigmas people with disabilities deal with and Shane brings such amazing, funny and heartfelt storytelling to these true life stories he shares. From what it’s like eating out, strangers approaching you on the street, difficulties using the bathroom, you’ll lear

    A must read for everyone!

    I was blown away by the stories Shane tells of what it’s like living with spinal muscular atrophy. And honestly not just what it’s like living with SMA but what it means to truly LIVE.

    This book zeroes in on many stigmas people with disabilities deal with and Shane brings such amazing, funny and heartfelt storytelling to these true life stories he shares. From what it’s like eating out, strangers approaching you on the street, difficulties using the bathroom, you’ll learn so much and have fun along the way.

    Shane helps us see that we are more than what others decide we are.

    This is a fun, quick and fabulous book I hope everyone reads! Shane’s voice is one that needs to be heard.

  • Alisha

    I feel like Ive been waiting ages for this book it was well worth it. I absolutely loved it! So much so, I read it in one sitting! I first read something by Shane late last year and automatically loved his story telling because I was able to relate to so many of the stories he told living with his disability, and could relate a great deal relating to my own disability soon after I randomly came across Squirmy and Grubs and have loved following Shane and Hannah's journey ever since! Like his othe

    I feel like Ive been waiting ages for this book it was well worth it. I absolutely loved it! So much so, I read it in one sitting! I first read something by Shane late last year and automatically loved his story telling because I was able to relate to so many of the stories he told living with his disability, and could relate a great deal relating to my own disability soon after I randomly came across Squirmy and Grubs and have loved following Shane and Hannah's journey ever since! Like his other books I was able to relate greatly to so many of shane's stories, interactions, feelings and thoughts. so when I first learned he was releasing SAMGIMN I just knew I had to read it. The way Shane shares his stories about interactions, questions and his undying adoration and love for Hannah was truly a great thing to read and gives me hope that I may find my own Squirmy one day!

  • Rebecca L.

    I eagerly awaited the release of this book and I wasn’t disappointed. Burcaw has a great message and he has greatly matured since his first book was released. I’m rooting for him and Hannah and I’m so glad they are providing a strong voice within the disability community. Shane’s sometimes crude language and coarse sense of humor can even be a positive thing because his writing style may attract reluctant readers. I read this entire book in two days.

  • May

    I love Shane's sense of humor! This is a quick-paced book filled with anecdotes about his life that are funny, heart-warming, and at times utterly frustrating: if you're able-bodied, you don't know the struggles of flying with a wheelchair, and reading that chapter will (should!) fill you with frustration and indignation on behalf of anyone who does. Shane doesn't sugar-coat things, but he also doesn't focus on the struggles. There's a note of humor and hope in all his stories. And reading the b

    I love Shane's sense of humor! This is a quick-paced book filled with anecdotes about his life that are funny, heart-warming, and at times utterly frustrating: if you're able-bodied, you don't know the struggles of flying with a wheelchair, and reading that chapter will (should!) fill you with frustration and indignation on behalf of anyone who does. Shane doesn't sugar-coat things, but he also doesn't focus on the struggles. There's a note of humor and hope in all his stories. And reading the bits about his relationship with Hannah was probably my favorite part. His love for her shines through very clearly in his writing!

  • B220

    In a follow up to his initial memoir, Laught at my Nightmare, Shane Burcaw brings readers up to date with where he is now and how his outlook on life has changed over the years. Living with a degenerative muscular disease brings many struggles, but through a dark, sarcastic humor Shane has learned to love life, love living, and he has truly grown into a successful (and inspirational) not-for-profit organizer.

    Through a series of essays, readers experience a glimpse of Shane's struggles, successes

    In a follow up to his initial memoir, Laught at my Nightmare, Shane Burcaw brings readers up to date with where he is now and how his outlook on life has changed over the years. Living with a degenerative muscular disease brings many struggles, but through a dark, sarcastic humor Shane has learned to love life, love living, and he has truly grown into a successful (and inspirational) not-for-profit organizer.

    Through a series of essays, readers experience a glimpse of Shane's struggles, successes, embarrassments, and loves. He provides a spectacularly positive outlook on life that will make readers appreciate their own lives more and look at people with disabilities more fairly and empathetically.

    I was excited when I saw this book was coming out. Thank you to NetGalley and MacMillan Children's Publishing Group for the ARC!

  • Elizabeth Sagan

    Absolutely lovely!

    I discovered Shane and Hannah not long ago when I stumbled upon their Youtube channel (Squirmy and Grubs and if you haven't checked it out oh my God please do) and I fell in love with their spirit. When I heard about SAMGIMN I knew I had to have it (as well as Laughing at My Nightmare, Shane's previous book).

    It's a very short read, I finished the whole thing in less than a day. It was funny and inspiring (sorry for using the word "inspiring", I know Shane doesn't quite like it)

    Absolutely lovely!

    I discovered Shane and Hannah not long ago when I stumbled upon their Youtube channel (Squirmy and Grubs and if you haven't checked it out oh my God please do) and I fell in love with their spirit. When I heard about SAMGIMN I knew I had to have it (as well as Laughing at My Nightmare, Shane's previous book).

    It's a very short read, I finished the whole thing in less than a day. It was funny and inspiring (sorry for using the word "inspiring", I know Shane doesn't quite like it) and most important, educative. You get answers to some of the question you might have about Shane, while learning more about SMA.

  • Whitney Atkinson

    I enjoyed this book a lot more than Shane's first one! This collection really delves into his experience with SMA and how his perception of himself has shifted from being a burden to being a boyfriend and someone who is loved. Whereas his first book was really self-centered and had the tendency to look down on other people with disabilities in order to exalt his own experience, this one had a lot of great anecdotes that were then connected to

    I enjoyed this book a lot more than Shane's first one! This collection really delves into his experience with SMA and how his perception of himself has shifted from being a burden to being a boyfriend and someone who is loved. Whereas his first book was really self-centered and had the tendency to look down on other people with disabilities in order to exalt his own experience, this one had a lot of great anecdotes that were then connected to the entire disabled communities and the ways that they still experience injustice and judgment. In that way, I think this book is equal parts humorous memoir but also a great educational resource.

    Even if you don't watch Shane's youtube, this book is quick, fun, and informative enough to be worth the read and you should totally give it a try if you want to read more ownvoices books about disability, specifically SMA or being in a wheelchair.

  • Carly Findlay

    I have been following Shane Burcaw on Instagram for a few years and was excited to see he has a new book out – Strangers Assume My Girlfriend is my Nurse. I flew through the book on the plane (excuse the pun!) – it was so easily readable, and relateable. I am loving #OwnVoices Books!

    Shane has a blog, he and his fiancé Hannah Aylward have a YouTube channel – Squirmy and Grubs – and their respective Instagram accounts are wonderful. This book is a wonderful extension of Shane’s online presence. St

    I have been following Shane Burcaw on Instagram for a few years and was excited to see he has a new book out – Strangers Assume My Girlfriend is my Nurse. I flew through the book on the plane (excuse the pun!) – it was so easily readable, and relateable. I am loving #OwnVoices Books!

    Shane has a blog, he and his fiancé Hannah Aylward have a YouTube channel – Squirmy and Grubs – and their respective Instagram accounts are wonderful. This book is a wonderful extension of Shane’s online presence. Strangers Think My Girlfriend is My Nurse is Shane’s third book.

    He writes about his body and the barriers he experiences in a self deprecating way, but never with internalised ableism. The book is very, very funny. Shane is a great writer – thoughtful and able to articulate the universal feelings of being disabled well.

    Shane’s impairment as well as his access and care needs are vastly different to mine, but I related so much to his experiences of low expectations, curiosity and sheer rudeness of others. He too has experienced exclusion and bullying, prayers from strangers, and the assumption that his life is terrible because of his visible difference.

    Shane does a great job of explaining systemic barriers he and other disabled people experience – like the airline industry’s inability to accomodate disabled passengers well, and of course, the low expectations from services such as restaurants (he still gets children’s menus!).

    Strangers Assume My Girlfriend is my Nurse extensively covers his relationship with Hannah Aylward, who is non disabled - his carer and his lover.

    I really enjoyed this book. It’s activism, but not angry activism. It makes learning about ableism accessible to non disabled people. It models great behaviour. I laughed a lot, admired the writing, and empathised with Shane’s exhaustion at others’ reactions to his body. I think it is especially a great book for young Disabled men to see themselves and know what’s possible for them (travel, a career, romance, pride in self), and also for parents of disabled kids and adults. Thank you, Shane – and Hannah too.

    Read the full review on my blog

  • Kelly

    Brilliant, hilarious, and insightful essays on living with a disability. Shane's voice is a riot and made me laugh out loud numerous times. It's so nice to see more YA essay collections, and this one will appeal to so, so many readers.

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