Being someone who has lived with Cerebral palsy their whole life and has faced many challenges and obstacles there are many things I wish people would have told me about my cerebral palsy:
- It’s okay to stand out and be different from others- as a child, I struggled with expecting my cerebral palsy and being the person that stood out for the rest of the crowd for a long time not understanding that it’s okay to stand out and be who I am.
- your Cerebral palsy doesn’t define your abilities and what you can’t and can do – As a child, I often thought that my cerebral palsy does not define my abilities and what I could and couldn’t do little did I know I was wrong about myself.
- Having Cerebral palsy doesn’t make you any less smart then your friends and it’s okay that you need extra help – as a child, I struggled a lot in school and catching up with rest of my class especially in mathematics and I use to hate the fact I needed extra help and I used to think that I wasn’t smart enough and my friends were smarter than me when that was far from the truth.
- Cerebral palsy is a beautiful part of you so don’t be ashamed of it – as a child, I used to be so ashamed of my cerebral palsy and the way I look on the outside not understanding that my Cerebral palsy makes me beautiful and I shouldn’t be ashamed of it.
5. You might not see it now but Cerebral palsy makes life an adventure – as a child I hated my Cerebral palsy because I thought it made things more complicated but little did I know that that’s part of my story and adventure.
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