This post is going to differ from my usual posts. It is more of a lighthearted post. Without further ado, here are some ways you know you have cerebral palsy.
You Know You Have CP When:
-You want to list medical terminology as a second language on your resume.
-You consider physiatrists, orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and personal care attendants to be friends or extended family because you have known them a long time.
-You know the names of medications and therapy tools well enough that you impress your medical team with your knowledge.
-You can educate people on what CP is and how it affects you.
Word searches, mazes, and jigsaw puzzles prove challenging because of your poor spatial skills.
-You dislike fireworks, fire alarms, and war movies because they trigger your startle reflex.
-People often talk to your caregiver instead of you when you are out in public.
-You are used to having minimal or no privacy when getting dressed or taking a shower.
-You are used to making awkward small talk when you hire a new personal care attendant.
-You become excited when you can pick a new color for a wheelchair or your braces.
-When you read a blog post by a fellow disabled person, you feel like you can relate to them even if you’ve never met.
-You feel like a trip to the grocery store is like running a marathon.
-You are used to being asked personal questions while you are in public.
-A stranger has offered to pray for you or to heal you, usually while in public.
– Sometimes, you feel much older than you are because of pain, spasticity, or fatigue.
Please feel free to add to my list in the comments section below!