When I was born with cerebral palsy I could have died, with my circumstances, dying would have certainly made more sense scientifically speaking, I didn’t die. But, I have struggled because I’ve had chronic pain, surgeries and wheelchairs. All I can do is take things one metaphoric step at a time and one day at a time. After doing that for a while, I have realized that I have had a better life than I ever thought I could because I haven’t just survived but have found the good too, even within the bad.
After all, I have also persevered because I’ve had chronic pain, surgeries, and wheelchairs. Because of all those things I have been inspired to be an advocate, and help improve the disability community. Not to mention that there are things that are entirely good, I have friends and family, a college degree and I live somewhat independently. I have been honored to have the great opportunity of being a public representative of sorts for my community , I feel like I can really get to work.
Even though I still have bad days and difficulties to deal with as you do too, I wanted to let you know on this April 1, 2016 that having cerebral palsy isn’t always about surviving, it’s about thriving. To thrive with CP these days is so possible it is almost inevitable. People need to know of our successes as well as our struggles, so therefore I am extending cerebral palsy awareness beyond its month of March. Think CP all day, every day, people! To do that literally might be a bit excessive, but I want to make the point that improving disability awareness is a huge piece in the battle to get what we need in the world.
Therefore, I have returned to WordPress, with renewed inspiration and a new direction to inform, advocate, educate and enjoy the time I have helping people in a larger sense.
This blog is now more officially about my work, and less about poetry. Not that I have anything against poetry, its just that my poetry well has seemed to run dry.