from attendant to friends

this is part  two of a three part series. You can see part one and part three here

I first had an attendant when I was 12 but I truly realized the impact that this relationship could have on my life when I was 14. At 14 I was matched with an attendant who for a lack of a better word she became like family quickly.

Her job description was to get me out in to the community doing things that my teenaged peers take for granted like going to the mall. We frequented the mall often. This would include hours of talking and consuming cinnamon buns from Conan. Over our time together this blossomed into a friendship and although there was an age gap between us. It never seemed to matter nor bother either of us. I guess the point is to remember that your support staff can and sometimes does become an extension of family.

Tomorrow I asked her to share with you the attendant perspective and it is extremely insightful and worth the read.

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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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