family life doesn’t stop because of life with cerebral palsy

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I decided to write this as a way to say happy Mother’s Day weekend all. Spend some time this weekend enjoying family life. Just because it’s Mother’s day weekend shouldn’t change how you interact in terms of family life but simply acts as a nice reminder. Happy Mother’s day everyone

Now on to the bulk of my post. By sharing some of the things I have faced in my life with cerebral palsy it is my hope to help the children youth and adults that are going through things that I have already overcome: be it finding creative ways of creating social inclusion or talking about things that I feel could make daily life a little easier, or by asking a question in hopes of finding a solution to a current challenge I face; I built this site as a gathering place and I feel like my efforts are finally paying off.

This wish to help has taken me offline too, with the trip to Ottawa that I made to speak to a high school, I still find myself in awe that anyone finds any of what I have to say here interesting but than again people accuse me of being too humble about it as well. I started this two and a half years ago and as I stated in last Friday’s post I didn’t tell my offline world right away – even without people from offline knowing about it at all for the first year I managed to grow my blog to reach 20,000 hits. It was then that I decided to buy the domain and it is now what you see before you. I celebrate my difference and frankly the commonalities of life with cerebral palsy. We are all different and the fact that I use a wheelchair and live life with cerebral palsy only gives me a different perspective. People seem to think that life with cerebral palsy is hard. For me I wouldn’t say it is overly hard, this is the only life I know, a life with cerebral palsy. I offer this blog to the world remembering that my blog only reflects the life of one person and the people who impact my life. I blog as a way to share with people my story. I chose to blog because I love to write, I wanted a way to find out what I found creative in my life.

It is my hope that the family that has someone in it living with cerebral palsy realizes that their family life doesn’t have to stop because of the limitations faced by the person with cerebral palsy. Activities you may have once done as a family may have to be changed or simply adapted or new ones found that all can enjoy regardless of ability, family life is about family.

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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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