World Cerebal Palsy day 2017

William Blakely

How Cerebal palsy affected my life

Every minute of every day a new child is born and could possibly be diagnosed with cerebral palsy. There are currently seven million people in the world who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and I'm one of them.  I was born fourteen weeks prematurely on January 6th, 1999. I scared my parents by almost dying twice and had to spend the first five months of my life in the NICU because of it. Even though I have CP, I don't let it stop me from doing what I love or spending time with the people that I love. I've been kayaking, rock climbing, scuba diving, zip lining, indoor skydiving, and hang gliding. When I was younger, I used a walker and crutches to get around, but I'm currently in a wheelchair full time now. I've also got a family and friends who love me. Some people who are diagnosed with CP can't walk and can't talk. Currently there isn't a cure for cerebral palsy, but through awareness and possibly fundraising, there will be a cure one day. For me, I have trouble walking because the part of my brain that taught my legs how to walk normally, got hurt when I was a baby. I have spastic cerebral palsy, which has to do with the spasticity in my legs. On Friday October 6th, 2017, it is World Cerebral Palsy day, which is a day for people with CP to join the movement of change and raise awareness for the disability that some people are calling "invisible." Green is the main color for cerebral palsy, so I encourage everyone to wear green on Friday to show awareness and support for the people who have cerebral palsy and their families. If you choose to post on social media about World cerebral palsy day, the hashtag is #WorldCPDay

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