Sun. Oct 17th, 2021

A wife, mother, and academic with spina bifida is sharing her insights on life’s trials and triumphs after 23 years in a marriage. Bethany Hoppe, 51, explained to The Epoch Times, “Socially, our western culture doesn’t automatically take into consideration that people with disabilities marry, so celebrating 23 years of marriage might get a double-take, which is great, if it can be used to educate and enlighten!” Mom-of-two Bethany was born with spina bifida—a birth defect of the spinal column that develops within the first six weeks of pregnancy—and uses a manual wheelchair. Originally from Pennsylvania, she now lives in Washington, D.C. metro area with her husband, Tyson Hoppe, 53, and son who attends third grade. Both educated to a master’s degree level, Bethany and Tyson run a dual-income household but have met their fair share of discrimination over the years, with Bethany bearing the brunt of the stigma of …

Author: Louise Bevan

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