Summer Camp

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As the warm summer weather is upon us here in Canada

I am reflective of my younger days as a camper, camp was a time in my life when the perceived self-focusing on my disability, on my cp at camp melted away. How could I find myself feeling different, feeling keenly aware of my physical limitations when I am suddenly immersed into a self-contained world where 95% of the population in chairs and somehow afflicted by limitations often worse than my own?

I was a reluctant kid, afraid to leave the care of my parents. It took my mom until I was 13 to convince me that I’d be okay to go  away overnight. Being that my extended family lives all over the place for me, I’ve never stayed alone without my parents. Well, until camp.

I attended camp every summer until I was 18. At 18 I simply became too old to continue going, I am still sad about the fact that I had to grow up: at least in that capacity.

The respite effect:

My family, especially my mom enjoyed when I went to camp. She liked the break from being a caregiver.

  • do your kids with disabilities attend over night things without you?

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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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4 Responses to Summer Camp

  1. Glynis Jolly says:

    Don’t forget, it gave you a break from being at home and coddled. As comfortable as I was at home while growing up, I enjoyed the break and appreciated home more when I’d return. Everyone needs a break once in awhile.

  2. Jo says:

    I’m not ready for Monkey to go to overnight camp just yet. I think I’d feel the same even if he didn’t have a physical disability, though. He’s only six, so we’re going to give day camp a try first.
    I will admit that although it’s sometimes really, really nice to have a break from being his caregiver. Don’t get me wrong – I love my son, and I’m happy to do all I can to care for him. I do need the occasional rest, though, and I think he needs a break from me as well.
    Right now, Monkey is in lots of day activities, from tee ball to karate. He also spends overnights with relatives, particularly his adoring grandmother. We’ll give it a few more years before we send him to overnight camp.

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