Life Lessons From Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy

Image by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jilleanne Buda via Wikipedia

It is true that cerebral palsy affects everyone differently, but a common thread has come from talking to friends with it. There seems to be common questions among readers, that I am going to try and answer and although I can only comment from a specific nature about my life I feel it important to look at these themes.

Social Isolation

I have written about this on this blog before but because I don’t have a completely ironed out answer that will create a solution for every person one hundred percent of the time, I feel it important to write about it here. I am not sure that social isolation can be avoided in its entirety. I think that a lot of it comes from a child’s perspective. I perceived that my peers as being entertained by their ability to leave me out of social interactions simply by running away from me. That was a harsh lesson in that my functional mobility was slower than them.

Education

I have written about my experiences in school, it seemed that as I got older, my disability was secondary to which I was, in the school setting. I think this is in part because as I got older my ability to advocate for myself, with self advocacy improved.

Self Advocacy

When I think advocacy, I immediately think of problem solving. The ability to seek help and learning advocacy doesn’t have to be just when there is a problem, for as long as I can remember when I was old enough to understand how the telephone worked, I was in charge of calling and booking my own babysitters.

 

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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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