When people have a serious kind of disability, it can be very hard to muster the courage and use dating apps. Sometimes it is hard even for people that don’t suffer from disabilities, as one’s confidence needs to be soaring. But this didn’t stop amputee Mandy Horvath, a 24-year-old student from Colorado to open a Tinder profile. Now, a lot of people admire her because of her courage and sense of humor.
She decided to enjoy life and connect with people despite the trauma of losing her legs.
“When I tried to date after I lost my legs I would always get guys asking me ‘how does sex work for you?’, and it completely put me off dating,” Mandy told MailOnline.
“But now that I’ve broken the ice and sexualized my disability with my humor, I am acknowledged as an individual rather than someone bound to a wheelchair.”
Mandy, who comes from Kansas, lost both of her legs in 2014 after her drink was spiked with a date-rape drug at a bar in Steele City, Nebraska. She believes she was “left to die” as she was hit by a coal train while lying unconscious on the nearby train tracks.
The 24-year-old who now lives in Colorado decided to leave those horrid memories behind by using her fantastic sense of humor, and people are loving her for that. If you check out her Tinder, you will find it packed full of jokes, as well as romantic advances. Listing stand-up comedian as her occupation, part of the profile’s disclaimer reads, “I don’t have legs, but don’t worry – I’m taking it in stride. Just roll with it okay?”
The plus points if you date Mandy, according to her, are the fact that she will never “run away” and her “sexy land roving bionic legs” are another perk.
She is not shy to discuss sex either, comparing herself to a vacuum:
“Easily portable – I come on wheels and I suck.”
Mandy told the MailOnline: “The reactions I get to my profile are hilarious, supportive and kind. Generally, people respond in shock and awe, as well as humor and interest in how I was hit by a train.”
While her Tinder profile has seen an outpouring of positive comments and she has been on a few dates already, the Kansas-born student who enjoys boxing and is determined to stay active says she hasn’t found the right person just yet.
“The people that I’ve met have been great, and I’ve made a lot of new friends who I keep in contact with also,” she said.
“But thanks to my sense of humor on the subject, and some of the lovely comments I have received, I haven’t lost all faith yet.”