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Bride of disabled husband hits back at cruel trolls who claim her marriage is a sham & she’s only with him for his money

THE bride of a disabled man has hit back at cruel trolls who claim their marriage is a sham and she's only doing it for money. 

Hannah Aylward and Shane Burcaw tied the knot in their back garden in Minneapolis earlier this month, in a much smaller ceremony than originally planned due to Covid. 

Hannah and Shane tied the knot in an intimate ceremony earlier this month
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Hannah and Shane tied the knot in an intimate ceremony earlier this month Credit: Shane Burcaw/Instagram

But after uploading snaps of their wedding on social media, Hannah revealed she was inundated with nasty messages claiming it was a hoax due to Shane's condition.

Shane has muscular dystrophy and has been in a wheelchair since he was two, and says people often mistake his new wife for his carer. 

Hannah shared a series of posts she'd received on Instagram, with one troll writing: “Is he rich or something?”

Another asked: “But for real though. . . does she also have another partner for having sex with?” 

Hannah was flooded with nasty messages from trolls saying their wedding was a sham
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Hannah was flooded with nasty messages from trolls saying their wedding was a sham Credit: Shane Burcaw/Instagram

While a third commented: “This is some kind of joke.” 

The couple, who have been dating for four years, said that people often are confused and don’t understand their ‘interable’ relationship.

Responding to the nasty comments, Hannah said: “If the past two years of having a YouTube channel have taught me anything, it’s that you’re never going to be able to educate everyone. 

The couple had a scaled back ceremony due to coronavirus
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The couple had a scaled back ceremony due to coronavirus Credit: Shane Burcaw/Instagram

“No matter what you do, some people will just never come around. Worrying about these people’s opinions is a waste of time, and as time has gone on, it’s become so much easier to genuinely have no internal reaction to comments like these.

“A few years ago, reading words like these was painful. For a while, I held onto the idea that once Shane and I were married, all the people doubting our relationship would realize it was real. 

“Now, of course, I’m not that naive. Although it’s taken time, I’m able to completely dismiss people like this. 

Shane said people often mistake Hannah for his carer, and he wrote a book about his experiences
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Shane said people often mistake Hannah for his carer, and he wrote a book about his experiences Credit: shaneburcaw/Instagram

“Shane and I continue to make content and share our story with the hopes of showing as many people as we can that disabled people are worthy partners. 

“Comments like these only encourage us to continue!.” 

The couple had a scaled-back ceremony due to coronavirus, and while it wasn’t the wedding they expected, they said they were “beyond thrilled to finally be husband and wife.”.

The couple have been dating for four years and say people don't understand their relationship
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The couple have been dating for four years and say people don't understand their relationship Credit: Shane Burcaw/Instagram

They shared snaps of their wedding to their Instagram and YouTube accounts, setting up Zoom calls for family and friends who couldn’t be there, and are planning a big celebration next year.

Hannah wrote: “Shane and I can’t wait to celebrate with our families in person when it’s safe, but for now, we’re husband and wife!!!! 

“And that’s the most important part. I’m incredibly lucky to now be married to the greatest guy I know.”

The couple share their life on their social media channel, Squirmy and Grubs
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The couple share their life on their social media channel, Squirmy and GrubsCredit: Shane Burcaw/Instagram

Shane also gushed about the wedding, on September 4, saying he’d married his “best friend”. 

He said: “It was a private backyard ceremony that we conducted over Zoom with our officiant.

“Certainly not the wedding we originally imagined, but it was a beautiful moment filled with the most important thing: our love for each other.⁣

“I’m beyond happy and smiling a whole lot.” 

Shane documents his experiences with Hannah in his book, Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse, and the couple regularly share vlogs on their channel, Squirmy & Grubs.

The couple have planned a big party next year to celebrate their wedding
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The couple have planned a big party next year to celebrate their wedding Credit: shaneburcaw/Instagram

Meanwhile Shane previously revealed people would 'pray' over him and Hannah.

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Disabled man Shane reveals strangers think his girlfriend, Hannah, is his carer
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