I don't remember my life without Cerebral Palsy
I'm Rina, I'm 24 & I live in Ukraine. I study, work, believe in God (this is probably the most important thing about me), speak three languages fluently (Russian, Ukrainian, English) and I'm learning three more (French, German, Italian ). I also write poems and play the guitar. I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when I was 16 months old and I don't remember my life without it. But still, it is MY life and I try my best to take as much as I can from it. The root of the word 'disabled' is 'able' anyway. I'm telling you this as a person who is one month away from the master's degree of English philology and as a person who knows that a disability can make life a little bit harder, but it should never be an obstacle on the way to your dreams.
live YOUR life & enjoy everything God has given you
As I said at the beginning, I believe in God. And I know that He believes in me. God makes no mistakes, and if He created me like this, then I should appreciate all His gifts! I want to tell all my fellow Cerebral Palsy warriors and people who are living with other disabilities that they are all loved & they are special and amazing in the eyes of God. Regardless of all our troubles, there are still so many things we are able to do! We appreciate life, we take nothing for granted because what is a part of our daily routine for the rest of the world is a great win for people like us. We know that miracles happen and we are grateful for them! We can inspire so many people just by being the way we are! So many people can bring us down and tell us what we cannot do, but we can rise up over and over again and show them what we CAN do! Our bodies may be weak, but we often don't even realize how much strength we have in our hearts! Each of us can be a little lighter to light up the room when they come in! Maybe our lives are not perfect, but whose are? Is there at least one person who could say 'I live a perfect life'? It's very unlikely because perfection is relative. What is perfect for one is completely unacceptable for another. So why not live YOUR life & enjoy everything God has given us? Disabilities are what we have, but only a tiny part of who we really are. They don't define or stop us! We have just one life, so let's live it up!