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For Bachelor hopeful Sarah Herron, having a disability wasn't a disadvantage. In fact, the 26-year-old contestant feels that having one arm helped her catch Sean Lowe's attention may have helped her chances at finding love.
"My situation played a role in a positive way," Herron says, via People."It helped me stand out and catch his attention when I introduced myself to Sean. I hope it's because he saw me as a unique, strong, courageous individual and that I deserved the opportunity just as much as anybody else."
Herron received the first one-on-one date with Lowe, and she feels she and this season's bachelor shared a true connection. The advertising executive (who was born with only one arm) tells reporters that she "felt sparks" during the time she spent with Lowe.
"It made me feel like the luckiest girl in the world," she says of being chosen as the first date. "Everything is incredible, romantic and fairy tale-esque, so your emotions are so heightened. But I felt so strongly that night that Sean is this incredible guy that I've looked for all my whole life and could definitely see myself falling in love. It sounds crazy and very fast, but it was true."
The duo went on a helicopter ride and Herron found that her date is "100 percent authentic, patient, passionate, compassionate, creative, sporty, adventurous, good-looking and a gentleman." She says that Lowe made her feel like an "incredible, perfect woman," and she hopes she made a similar impression.
Herron is the first The Bachelor contestant to have a physical disability, and she admits that she was nervous about the response Lowe and the other women would have. Fortunately, everyone gave her a warm welcome -- even the audience.
"I was worried about Sean liking me, but I was not concerned about what the public would say. I've grown up with that and have pretty thick skin," Herron says. "But I've been reading comments online. It has been incredibly positive and uplifting. Truthfully, I went on the show to meet Sean, not be a role model."
It's nice to see that Herron is getting attention early on, but our hope is that the focus on her disability fades away quickly. She seems like a beautiful, smart woman, and her situation shouldn't hurt or help her chances at winning Sean's heart.
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