The Art of learning to run when you can’t walk

It never occurred to that my wheelchair would make me seem different to my peers until I started school

I remember as a child, asking my mother why I couldn’t run. Looking back, this seems funny to my adult brain. I had to be able to walk before I could run and that wasn’t my reality.

I don’t remember moms answer, asking the question has stuck with me all these years and I can not pinpoint why.

you need to walk before you run

When I asked my mother why I could not run it never occurred to my young self that one had to be able to walk before they can run.

cerebral palsy slows you down

The reality is that cerebral palsy slows you down in a physical sense. It is a struggle to keep up with active able-bodied peers.

In conclusion

The early years in school, were a struggle. I was trying to figure out my own physical abilities. While recognizing that keeping up, is almost impossible. My friends understood that I could not keep up with them. At times my would friends would change how they would spend their free time to include me

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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
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