As a child growing up with cerebral palsy it makes your childhood different sure you play like any other kid but there was also a facet of cerebral palsy and physical therapy that for me became my household chore and I had to walk in my walker I hated it and I think that is a common reaction to it because of the amount of energy expelled I think. I don’t think I truly understood the value of cerebral palsy and physical therapy until I was sick and recently hospitalized. Because I was in bed for almost six weeks I lost a lot of muscle mass and had to start from square one if you will. I seriously was shocked at how week I was, it was weird because my brain was eager but I was physically weak so I would go to do something but I couldn’t physically do what I had previously been able to do
I only wish there was a way to make physical therapy fun for children. But the reality I feel is that is a difficult task, I think that if there was a way to make the kids engage in therapy without realizing it is therapy that’s the only way one would succeed at their goal.
As an adult however, I understand the value of physical therapy that I never understood as a teenager.
I think if you are struggling to have your child do physical therapy I want you to know you aren’t alone. As the child growing up doing therapy I hated it so I suspect others do too
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