My story with Erbs Palsy
My name is Matt Parsons and I was born with Erbs Palsy / Brachial Plexus Injury in my left arm. I was a huge baby, almost 11lbs and I got stuck coming into the world. Due to the difficult birth, my left arm was left paralysed. After hours of physiotherapy and persistant determination, I regained arounf 75% movement back.
I was told by the doctors that I'd never catch a ball or play a musical instrument. I started playing the drums and percussion at a young age as it was good exercise for my arm. I also picked up my parents old guitar one day and realsied that I could actually play upside down! On my 18th birthday I got a left handed acoustic guitar and interesting thing is that I actually play left handed, even though my Erbs Palsy is in my left side. I can't pyscally turn over my arm, so I can't play chords. I can however strum and finger pick. Music became a real passions and I have ended up releasing albums and gigged for 15 years and completely love it.
When I was a kid I loved cricket. I worked so hard at improving my game and it was m ydream to play professionsl. One year my coach sent me for county trials, but sadly I didn't get into the team. The following year I went again and after hours of practice I made the squad! I ended up playing county cricket as a teenager, despite being told I'd never catch a ball.
I have recently set up a blog documenting my journey with Erbs Palsy, showing the exercises and stretches I do to strengthen my arm. The blog also has articles written by other people living with Erbs. I offer mentoring for people with Erbs Palsy to help them get one step closer to their goals. Hopefully working together we can beat BPI.