Monday, October 8, 2012

Yes, I'm pregnant and have severe cerebral palsy

Last week I went to the pharmacy to get a prescription filled. As I was waiting, I asked the pharmacist of any suggestions he had as far as coughing. He asked about any conditions I had. I told him cerebral palsy and I was pregnant. He had this look of confusion, disgust, and disbelief. He immediately scanned my stomach with his eyes like he had x ray vision. Then he shook his head, looked down and mumbled to ask my doctor.


People have a difficult time dealing with people with disabilities living a non disabled life. I don't know if it's because it makes us more common than what they thought. Yes, we eat, sleep, cry, have sex and function like you but might need help or adaptations.

I felt for Laura on Friday when I went to watch her karate class. When I came in, I heard a classmate ask her what was I doing there in a teasing way. I heard Laura say she's my mom and she came to watch me. The boy stopped knowing Laura was serious.

It is natural to be curious about differences. However, it would be nice if people didn't assume the worse when seeing a disability.

My CP isn't mild by any means so I do tend to stand out. I need fed, and all that fun personal care stuff. So I guess seeing me pregnant is unique but it's nice to just hear "congratulations!" instead of being looked like I'm an alien.

3 comments:

  1. Congrats, Jessica! Is this your second pregnancy? Well, in a sense, because this is your second time, you’ll probably have a relatively easier time going through everything. Just stay positive, and don’t mind the negatives that come your way. Also, stay happy because it will help you a lot in your pregnancy.

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  2. Congratulations! So thrilled for you! Is Laura excited?

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