Frustrations having cerebral Palsy

Do you have frustrations being an abled body individual? I definitely fight with frustrations as do others who live with c.p. on a daily basis. Little things that abled bodied individuals take for granted are frustrations for someone with c.p. what exactly you may ask? Well, here are some examples, girls who live with c.p. can and do struggle at putting their hair in a pony tail. limitations may be walking, speech problems, unable to read, falling, seizure disorder, balancing issues. for men an example could be shaving. even driving. little things that people who live in society take for granted cuz its easy for them and they can. Its frustrating when you can not do something or struggle with specific tasks cuz your brain has been damaged. For some who are not able bodied individuals walking with a walker or having to wear afo’s are just a couple more examples we may fight with. Some things that an able bodied person may be able to relate to is pain. Back pain, arthritis pain, we in the cp community also fight those problems to. A big frustration and fear for me is falling, because, I have balance issues. Another big frustration for the cp adult is trying to find a doctor that specializes in our condition. For adults, resources are limited, however, cp children there are tons of resources. why is that? I wish I had the answer. A few more you may or may not be able to relate with are things like flying getting on and off airplanes and traveling, fighting with explaining that the mobile device you are using to help you walk can yes actually travel under the plane. Having to educate others on your situation.

These are what we who are a part of the cerebral palsy community fight frustrations with some times on a daily basis. so the question is how do we deal with those obsticles? Simple we learn to adapt to our lifestyle at a very young age which has helped us to transition from obsticle to obsticle. By adjusting to our surrounding, which is a nonstop process we have grown to be stronger than we normally would be if we did not have these extra obsticles standing in our way. By adjusting, adapting, and being open along with facing our limitations head on is how we manage our limitations & difficulties. One may ask, is it easy? No. It is never easy but you learn to do what you need to in order to cope with everyay obsticles. I like to call it our crazy cp story by being strong, courageus, and brave by showing others and proving to ourselves that we can do anything we put our mind to. Yes we may be limited and get frustrated but, we are stronger because of it.

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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