Jane Fennessy
Tue, 01 Oct 2013
World Cerebral Palsy Day

World Cerebral Palsy Day

The world celebrates Cerebral Palsy day on the 2nd October. I on the other hand celebrate it every day.

Cerebral Palsy is a part of me but it is not all of me. It is one piece of a thousand piece jigsaw. Each piece represents part of myself, my life, my independence, my strength and my determination to live my life the way I want to. In my own dictionary my definition of the word “disabled ” means “DECIDED I’M STRONGLY ABLE”

Don’t get me wrong CP affects my life from morning to night. It affects my decision on what I choose to do and the way I want to do it. I try not to let it hold me back in any way shape or form. It may take a bit longer because of a different route I have to take but, I have accepted this and just get on with the goal in hand.

CP effects my mobility which for me means I am in a wheelchair all of the time. It also affects the left hand side of my body. I am very lucky that I can speak up for myself and am well capable of making my own choices in life.

The only thing that gets me down about having CP is unfortunately my muscles are not strong enough to do my own transfers and because of this I use a hoist and I depend on assistance from someone to do my everyday personal care needs. This for me is one thing I will never get use to and believe me it doesn’t get easier with time.

This year I’m going to celebrate world CP day and do my best to show others that myself and others living with CP are as equal to those who do not live with it. My aim is to try and educate others by thinking positively about CP and not to be afraid of it. There is a lot more to me than my chair and my CP.

Living with CP has opened my mind in so many different ways. I may not do things as fast as others but I can do them as well as others and sometimes maybe better. I have the ability to think outside the box and am not restricted to follow the pack.

If it wasn’t for my CP I wouldn’t have so many inspirational friends and wouldn’t be as out there as I am today. I mean I don’t think I would have the courage or the strength in my voice that I have now. I didn’t choose to have CP, this was chosen for me, but I was given the tools to carry me forward, to inspire and to portray the positive side of my CP.

I am going to be loud and proud of my CP and I encourage everyone else to do so, and I hope that by reading this piece it will be the start of others doing the same.