Milestones: seeing change blossom before your eyes

For March blog carnival

I am not going to lie; I am not sure what to write for the blog carnival for this month. The topic is milestones and although I feel this is cheesy to do I think in writing that last paragraph I have answered my own question.
I have written a lot on this blog about the social isolation of disability. I began writing this for me and grappled with the idea of keeping my blog private and thus only allowing me to read it. Then a quick Google search changed my mind. Google revealed that there wasn’t much (if any) accounts about living with cerebral palsy from someone that has it themselves. There was numerous parental accounts but even those felt like they didn’t reflect myself nor my story. So after some days I decided that the only way to create change was to be the change I wished to see reflected online.

After some research into the world of blogging I decided that I would like to join the blogosphere.
I thought okay this is fun and it blossomed into what it is today. In the first 11 months I received 15,000 plus hits at which point I realized it was time, that if I wanted to play with the big boys of the blogging world I’d have to by my own domain (which is what you see today)
I wanted to make an impact on my world little did I know the impact this would have on myself, or that I would change the world in this capacity.

My roots as a blogger

My beginnings as a blogger go something like this mentioned above I am to date completely self taught with the humble guidance of some kind, influential people in my life people who I knew offline, who have seen me grow and evolve into a writer, who have always encouraged me to change and expand my creative processes, who continue to challenge me to explore those difficult moments we all would be happier to avoid. So take all of that and couple it with not seeing a key piece of your life represented online and you have the space I have created here at

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About lifeofthedifferentlyabled

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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4 Responses to Milestones: seeing change blossom before your eyes

  1. Adelaide Dupont says:

    It’s great to be challenged to explore the creative process and those moments which you (we) would rather avoid.

    And, yes, we see the impact that it has had on you and on the world.

    The “Milestones” carnival is a particularly rich one.

  2. lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

    thanks for kind words adelaide

  3. wendy hirst says:

    You go and take the blogging world by storm. Its time there were more blogs about peoples life’s and the challenges they face and how they overcome them. People need to be aware of what goes on in real life x

    Well done and keep going you never know who is reading our blog and where it can take you

    • lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

      thank you for your encouragement wendy I intend to keep it going :) feel free to ask questions

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