Sean Stephenson and his wife Mindie Kniss live a happily married life – despite the fact that he is just 2ft 8ins tall.
The couple – who are both motivational speakers – met through a mutual friend in 2009 and married in 2012 after Mindie moved to Chicago to be closer to Sean.
Sean said: “It’s a joy to be married to this woman – not a day goes by when I don’t tell her I love her like 8,000 times.
“People think she’s sweet for being in love with me but they’ve got it wrong, I’m the saint in this marriage – I take care of her.”
Despite their happiness the couple has been targeted by Internet trolls who suggested that Sean could never satisfy Mindie sexually and that she is with him only for his money.
Mindie, 36 said: “I had to set the record straight.
“Just because he's disabled doesn’t mean we don’t have an awesome sex life.
“It wasn’t love at first sight but Sean is one of the most sexual people I have ever met – it’s appalling to suggest that my husband cannot satisfy me sexually and it’s none of their business.”
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Sean added: “I’m the most sexual person I know – sex is probably the biggest part of my life.”
Sean was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta more commonly known as Brittle Bone Disorder.
At 35, he is just 33.6” tall and has shorter than average legs due to his condition, which affects bone growth.
By the time Sean was 18 he had suffered over 200 fractures to his legs, arms, neck, collarbone, ankle, femur and nose.
His worst accident - when he fell from his wheelchair while walking his dog - broke his skull, ankle, kneecap, thigh and hipbone.
Sean said: "I can’t just mindlessly go to the store by myself. I have to be aware of my surroundings because a little bump or step down from a larger curb could be fatal to me.
“That’s something that’s just a part of my life and it’s also something that brings a lot of gifts too. Nobody forgets Sean Stephenson after they meet him.”
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Six months after the couple connected on Facebook, Mindie attended a motivational speaking event in Chicago, USA.
Mindie, who then lived in Oregon, USA, said: “The speaker mentioned Sean Stephenson and said this guy was only three-feet tall but living large.
“He told us that Sean had been on stage with the Dalai Lama and Bill Clinton. I was intrigued enough to actually check him out."
Around Christmas of 2009, Mindie traveled to Chicago and met with Sean in person.
She said: “We got along very well, and he kissed me at the end of the day.
“I was in such a rush to leave to see my family for the holiday and I was left thinking that Sean was such a playboy.”
By April of 2010 they met in Chicago again and spent a weekend together in a hotel where they got intimate for the first time.
Mindie said: “It was different than having sex with an averaged size person of course - but it wasn’t a problem at all.
“There are no limitations when it comes to sex - there’s no position he can’t manage and I don’t have to be extra careful.”
Sean proposed in the spring of 2011, at an event in California, USA - their family and friends were in the audience of over 100 people.
They were married on September 14, 2012 in Chicago by a film-maker friend, and exchanged their own personal vows.
The couple, who now live in Scottsdale, Arizona, frequently fall victim to Internet trolls but have resolved to not let strangers stand in the way of their happiness.
Mindie said: "Our sex life is bigger and better than most couples we know.
“People just assume things without knowing us.
“Most people think I look past his disability, when his physical differences are clearly obvious.
“There’s full acceptance here, we all have challenges - it’s just his are visible.
“There are people I’ve dated in the past who have internal issues that are way harder to deal with."
Sean added: “I think people are uncomfortable with the idea that those with disabilities are normal human beings and that they have sexual desires and fantasies and enjoy being touched and touching.
“I think it’s a big statement more abut people not being comfortable with their own bodies and the thought of the disabled having sex lives."Suggest a correction