Monday, August 31, 2015

The forty year old woman with cerebral palsy

Forty years old always sounded so old even when in my thirties. I don't know why. It is just a number and what you do within that year is important. Well, kind of. There are a few things that we have lesser control over as we age. For awhile, there was a time a long time ago, that people with cerebral palsy were fortunate if they lived past 40. This wasn't because of the actual physical disability but lack of appropriate care for the aging person.

Physically, with cerebral palsy, muscles do wear out a bit faster and muscle control does deteriorate over time. It's not immediately. I notice that things that used to be relatively easy for me to do, isn't so much.  But I'm not about to throw in the towel, sit in my wheelchair all day and give in to my body changing. I have two children who need me and a husband who loves me. I have goals to achieve and places I haven't seen yet.

Saying aloud that I'm forty is still weird. It doesn't roll off the tongue as easy as thirty. I guess eventually everything will catch up and it'll feel natural until I'm fifty. But I got to say, even though I have more to accomplish, I can say I'm happy with where I am. Two beautiful children, a husband that likes to surprise me small and big, pets, and support from friends and family. I did more than even I imagined I could.

My birthday week started with a birthday party at my sister's new house. The kids loved swimming. Jason was able to swim with Laura and my nephew.  We had a nice time.  On Monday, we went to eat at the Cheesecake Factory and then took the kids to the Please Touch museum. We all had a great time there. On Tuesday, we went to get Laura's eyes checked and new glasses. It was difficult to watch her struggle with the exam. But I'm glad she has a new prescription for her eyes.  On Wednesday, I went grocery shopping and out with Jeff. I also had a meeting that night.

My birthday 

My favorite thing in the universe is to see my children happy. I decided to take the kids to Hershey Park! The weather was perfect. Needless to say we had an awesome time. Expect to read a new blog about Please Touch and Hershey Park soon. 

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