I hope you dance!

Perhaps my earliest memory was asking my mom why I couldn’t run, a reflection within my childhood consciousness of the notion that I was physically limited by my own broken body.

At that young age I thought just that that I must be broke; now I realized as an adult that is, that I am only broken by the limitations which I set upon myself.

So how did I convince myself to get past some of these restrictions which I unconsciously placed on myself. Simply by example I guess, I watched my peers growing to be the self reliant adults that they are today despite their respective physical disability. I grew up somewhere thinking it was my god given right to be a princess, despite my mother’s best efforts to convince me otherwise. It wasn’t until a close new friend came into my life a few months ago that this outlook began to change. I am learning a new dance; a new game; a new social existence frankly. To my young brothers and sisters who are disabled and have convinced your parents that you are less capable then you actually are (yes people this is possible and DOES HAPPEN) so parents hear me when I say your kids can dance more then you realize, and kids please start dancing early so it’s easier to figure out the physical logistics of things. Like use your braces now because when you hit adolescents’ things do GET THAT MUCH HARDER! So I hope you dance.

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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2 Responses to I hope you dance!

  1. Adelaide Dupont says:

    You are a princess.

    A dancing princess.

    (The late Diana Spencer used to dance with people in chairs, who were princesses too).

    And you can never be too capable!

  2. Adelaide Dupont says:

    What I meant with the last remark:

    Once you have a positive momentum, you can never do too much with it.

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