Living outside the box

What is normal? Why is it so hard for people to accept others who dont fit the version of normal? I personally think its fear that drives some to make fun of and turn the other way  when they are confronted with people who are different and live outside the box called normal. Fear of not knowing what to say or how to respond with someone who has a limp to their walk,  and  those who gets around in a wheelchair or a walker. First no one asks to be born with cerebral palsy nor any other deformity. We may look different and use mobile devices, but the truth is we are just like any abled bodied person. We hold jobs. We are educated with college degrees, we drive and we are not contagious no one can get what we fight with. How does one talk to someone with cp? Simple like you would talk to your friend, your brother, your sister. This is where we who live with cp could teach others who are abled bodied people we are just like you. We laugh, joke, cry, we have feelings to. No one gets anywhere being a bully nor being bullied. Us with cp are only wanting to be accepted and to be seen like a person not to be looked at as we are going to strike someone with a disease. It’s not leprosy. It’s a deformity caused by brain damage. As I said I personally believe its fear or the unknown that drives an abled bodied person to react as they do. That is a shame that we who live out of the box or are not considered an able bodied person are not treated equally to an abled bodied person. So next time you see someone with a limp, a walker, a wheelchair try to start a conversation and see for yourself we are happy, intelligent individuals who want to accepted. I feel it’s my responsibility to education you the reader, those I interact with and to bring light to a common but not talked about childhood disability.

Author: My cerebral palsy life

I became a writer in 2010, then I pursued an education in health care administration. Working to get a medical coding certificate to add to my professional titles. I and my husband have 2 adult children, 2 dogs. I was a single mother of two for 18 years. I have personal experience in health care as a cna, mental health and raising children with developmental disabilities. I am an advocate for the disabled as I was born with cerebral palsy and have learned to overcome challenges in life. My motto is life lessons are to be teachable, to educate, share our skills and learn to understand others that we encounter on life's journey.

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