I Am Proud of my Disability

[pullquote]“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” ― Lois Lowry, The Giver[/pullquote]

I remember growing up especially in the early days of school, it was an interesting time for me more interesting now that I am older and have more understanding of course.


Friendship (Photo credit:By Nina from Australia Via Wikipedia)

In elementary school I was the only student in mainstream classes with a visible disability that isn’t to say I was the only student in the school with such a situation just the only one in mainstream classes.  Unfortunately this confused many, both the staff and my classmates at various times in those early days.
Because I was “different” in the eyes of my peers I know that pain of being at home on a Friday night in college and that is why I wrote this blog. It is my hope that my words, my experiences, my joys, sorrows and yes even my tight muscles will help someone know that they are not alone in this thing, this commonality that keeps you returning and me writing this blog about my life with cerebral palsy. I am humbled by the personal growth I’ve gained from writing this blog and from the emails and comments of thanks I receive on a daily basis.
Take that courage of being different and create change with it, maybe not on such a large scale as I have done here with lifeofthedifferentlyabled.com but be the change you wish to see in your own life!

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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


I Am Proud of my Disability — 6 Comments

  1. I found this blog on Pinterest and was so touched to read this. My little brother now 18 has cerebral palsy and many don’t understand what this is. It is so wonderful to hear you speak about this and how far you have come. You are a remarkable person!

  2. It is amazing what you have accomplished in your life so far. I also grew up with cerebral palsy and your right a lot of people don’t know what its like to be so different. In the I also had stayed in on Friday nights. I have started my blog to create awareness for people with disabilities. You should check it out. Anyways, have a good one!

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