Today is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day, and there’s something I want to talk about.
I AM NOT A CEREBRAL PALSY WARRIOR. What is that anyway?
I have Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy, and I’ve had it since the day I was born. Cerebral Palsy is caused by brain injury that occurs shortly before, during, or after birth. My disability is not something that I fight against. That’s not a fight I or ANYONE would/could ever win. Living with Cerebral Palsy is not a daily battle for me. I’ve learned to adapt to my circumstances, because that’s the only way I know to ensure that I get to live my life to the absolute FULLEST.
I will always have Cerebral Palsy, it won’t just magically disappear from my life. Disabilities don’t work like that. And I’m okay with it, because I’ve never really paid that much attention to my disability. I’ve learned how to adapt, and I can do anything you can do. (That includes tripping over NOTHING!! ) I don’t focus on it or let it dictate my life. I was raised to believe that I can do anything I set my mind to, and I’m a firm believer in that. That’s how I live my life.
I’m 26 years old. I’m in school to be a teacher. I work. I go to the gym. I go out on the weekends. None of that makes me a “warrior”. I’m not here to inspire anyone...I’m just living my life the way I want to.
I don’t want to be seen or known as “that girl with Cerebral Palsy.” That’s why when I meet new people, I usually don’t start with “I have cerebral palsy” or bring it up at all if I can help it. People seem to assume that if you have a disability, it’s your definition. But that’s not true. We’re all just functioning adults who have different stories.
Don’t call me a Cerebral Palsy Warrior, I’ll roll my eyes.
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