Ten Things You Never Knew about Cerebral Palsy (or Were Too Embarrassed to Ask)
When I started writing this article, I was thinking, ‘What do I know about CP? I’m just a woman who tries to ignore that side of things and get on with life.’ I always have been, and I maintain that a gentle, light ignorance of ones weaknesses is probably as good a way as any to get the best from life, which often feels fickle, even in our happiest moments. But the more I wrote, the more I found myself remembering details and ideas. I found lots to write about.
Being disabled has made me rather more introverted than is perhaps best, so actually raising my head and noticing that others are often interested and keen to learn more about CP and about disability in general, is a great way to widen my perspective. And I am so pleased if I can add humour to a subject that many people shy away from, feeling unsure and awkward. Life is variable and not really awkward, but because we are wary of being explicit, misunderstandings crop up all over the place. I try to write these out, so that I can more easily learn to accept my failings, without falling into the trap of hating myself.
One of the annoying things about CP is that it is as variable as we are. One of the wonderful things about CP is that it is as variable as we are….. which can make it difficult to explain.
For giving me the opportunity to explain, I am indebted to Lucy Walton-Lange, Editor at FemaleFirst who has published my blog post ‘Ten Things You Never Knew about Cerebral Palsy (or Were Too Embarrassed To Ask)’ on 13th May. Thank you, Lucy!
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