DAILY LIVING & MOBILITY

My Diagnosis is NOT My Definition

Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Rebecca Sullivan

Doubting the doubts

As a young child the list of things that I was told that I wouldn’t be able to do outweighed the things that I was told I would be able to do. I was  just another case of Cerebral Palsy for the ‘experts’, just another case to spin the web of myths. To have such a strongly negative view over such a young life was shocking.
But it would have been more shocking if these words were believed and swallowed. I was told I would never sit up. I was told I wouldn’t achieve anything. These words were lies. I was able to take a few steps as a young kid, however wobbly they were (now I call my walking dramatic ballet, you gotta make out those falls were intended…shhh CP’s the word!!). I was able to disprove doubt and got stronger. I still have tremors, from an outsider view sometimes it may seem that I am have my own little silent disco-they are welcome to join, but they must be prepared to be upstaged! Though I have these obstacles I still work hard to find independence- just the other year I was able to start doing my own make- up, this for most may not seem like a big deal, but for me it was.

Recongnise who you are

I, like many, don’t know what the hell I’m doing, but I do know that I want to help spread the message that tells people that even though people may have disabilities, they are still people with the same needs and wants as people without disabilities and should not be written off!! Let’s start showing the world who we are and be proud of this, believing in ourselves!! I have Cerebral Palsy, just I like I have brown hair and blue eyes. CP is not who I am but it is a part of me. Just like your diagnosis is a part of you  but doesn’t define you-ignore the naysayers!!

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