Sunday, March 25, 2012

16 things I learned from cerebral palsy

I have had cerebral palsy for 36 years. I was fine until I decided to be born and hospital error landed me with a lack of oxygen. The lack of oxygen damaged my brain that controls my muscles. Cerebral palsy can be frustrating and hard to explain to those who have no idea what it is.

A friend of mine wrote a list of things she liked about having CP. Since today is Cerebral Palsy Awareness day I thought I'd make a list of what I learned from having cerebral palsy.

1. Handicapped parking is more of a necessity because you need extra space for your lift and getting out.
2. Don't assume people will use proper etiquette or any etiquette at all when meeting you. People get silly and act inappropriate because you have CP.
3. If you have a child, the child will most likely be more independent doing things because they don't want to wait.
4. Being modest doesn't always work when you need help dressing, showering, and going to the bathroom.
5. Having to be fed helps with weight loss or weight maintenance.
6. Involuntary movements can make for funny situations.
7. Cuddling isn't always easy when trying to hold a moving target.
8. Don't let anyone take away your dreams. God has a way of opening them up to you if you are open to Him.
9. Making friends can be hard and holding on to them even harder.
10. Go out dancing and see why disability education is imperative.
11. Yes, you can use a smartphone if you are really motivated to do so.
12. Power chair hockey is the most awesome sport in the world.
13. Everyone knows how you feel because CP makes your emotions painfully visible.
14. Be careful what you hold in your bad hand. You might have it for awhile.
15. Yes, you can have children, relationships, and be independent.
16. Life is your playground. Go have fun but come in when it's dark. Sidewalks get bumpy.

3 comments:

  1. Your an inspiration. I'm 21 and I also have Cerebral Palsy.

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  2. I stumbled across you blog while browsing websites about cerebral palsy lawsuits and I agree with Mason you truly are an inspiration for us all. I love your way of seeing things and you sense of humor even in your condition.
    One thing that I believe you learned from cp is how to really apreciate all the little things in life.

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