Cerebral palsy: a small part of life

My life changed a lot when I was born. I don’t think anyone had any idea of the changes that were going on but it was to have an effect on my entire life. I have a mild form of cerebral palsy and have had to make various adaptations to my life in order to deal with it. Perhaps the biggest is the fact that I would probably have been right handed if I didn’t have my condition. As it is I have to do almost everything with my left hand side as the right is affected. This has not been easy but I have learned how to do almost everything with my left hand because I don’t have a choice. It did take me more time to learn how to do stuff and I always have to think slightly harder than other people when I’m trying something for the first time. A great example is cutting food up when its being prepared of on my plate. I was useless at cutting up food when I was young. Even now I can make a real mess when I cutting up my food and it always takes me longer to cut tough things like meat or bread.

 

My disability does not hole me back from doing stuff because it is part of who I am and it won’t change. I’m lucky in the fact that I’m completely mobile and have never had any real issues getting around. I am a can do person and the way is see the world is if anyone else can do it why cant I. That’s the way its been for as long as I can remember. One of my earliest memories is of me seeing my family on the ridge of a Scottish mountain on a beautiful summers day and thinking that I woul make it up there one day. That didn’t take fvery long as aged 7 I was on the top of a Munro and it is something I continue to really enjoy to this day.

 

I think im pretty good at makind people see my disability for what it is but there are times whenit gets in the way. My speech impediment is probably the single biggest thing that holds me back. I can talk and will have my say at every juncture but I just need people to wait for a bit longer in order for me to get my words out and it is more difficult for people to understnd what I am saying. I absolutely hate hearing my voice recorded and have horrors about the way.