Sunday’s episode of I’m Married To A… introduced us to Dana, a television news producer who’ll do almost anything for her husband–including literally carry him on her back. Married to Michael, a quadriplegic who is paralyzed from the chest down, the two may require a little more time to get ready in the morning, but remain committed to each other and the child they hope to have one day.
Through their extreme candor, we learned about the struggles quadriplegic’s can face when it comes to conceiving, and watched as sat in doctor’s offices, tossing around more than a few words that would make your mom blush. “I definitely never thought I’d say the words ‘ejaculate’ and ‘vibrator’ on national television,” Dana says. With the episode’s happy ending and positive test results–they can get pregnant!–what’s next for the couple? VH1 spoke to Dana and Michael following Sunday’s episode to find out how their lives have changed, and how soon we should start shopping for baby clothes.
What has the response been like since the episode aired?
Dana: Oh my goodness, I can’t even keep up with all of the comments we have received on social media, on our blog, and all of the text messages I’ve received in the last week. I’ve heard from so many former co-workers, people I went to college and school with, even childhood friends. We have so many people supporting us and praying for us, it’s amazing!
How did your family react when you told them you were going to be on TV?
D: They were all excited. Since I’m a TV news producer, I think everyone in my family has actually been on TV at one point or another, so they were all very excited for us, and did everything they could to be a part of it.
Did you have any reservations about putting your life on television?
D: The only reservation I had was worrying about how fat I would look on TV! Otherwise, no. We share our story openly on our blog on a regular basis, so putting ourselves out there is nothing new to us. In fact, I view being open as “free therapy,” because it’s through that that I’ve been able to make contact with so many other wives and girlfriends in my position, and I’m so glad. I used to feel so alone. Now I’m never alone!
How have things in your life changed since the episode aired?
D: When the episode was taped, we had only been in Virginia Beach for about two weeks, and I was just days into starting a new job. Now, we are settling in, and getting used to the demands of my new job, which comes with an overnight schedule. We are enjoying getting out and enjoying life with our dog, Brokaw, many friends who live in this area, and of course spending time with my family. Our life is full of joy. We are so happy here.