Is cerebral palsy a disease?

This is perhaps one of the most common questions related to cerebral palsy out there.

Before I actually go about answering the question I would like to get a few definitions out of the way. The definitions come to you from

Condition – “The word condition is used in the sense of ‘state’ or ‘an illness or a medical problem However, the word condition, when used in the sense of ‘state,’ has both negative and positive connotations. The connotation depends on the context you use the word in.”

Disease – “the word disease is used in the sense of ‘sickness’. It is also used in the sense of ‘illness’. Disease also means a quality that is regarded as unfavourably affecting a person or a group of people.”

I think this is an area of much confusion for many folks, myself included. Although I knew the accurate answer in regards to cerebral palsy I wasn’t totally clear on the differences in the two terms.

In case you haven’t figured out what the answer is yet. The answer is that cerebral palsy is a condition. Generally it is a stable one at that. People with cerebral palsy don’t get worse, if their condition does worsen over time there can be assumed there are other issues at play here.


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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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2 Responses to Is cerebral palsy a disease?

  1. Robert Escandon says:

    I feel that cerebral palsy gets worse with age, as does anything, except wine. I can only speak for myself however it will be interesting reading more on the subject. For me, I find I have more difficultly doing tasks I had no problem doing when I was a teenager. However, my able bodied older brother can still do things, for a base of comparison. To each his/her own.

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