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I Have Cerebral Palsy

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    Proud Cp Woman Here

    Yes I do. The medical term for my type is 'Spastic Ataxic Quadriplegic'. This means I have tight muscles, lack balance and all four limbs are affected. I use a motorized six wheeled black beast of a chair for mobility. It is in stark contrast to my thin, small frame and makes me...
    TheRealWoman TheRealWoman 31-35, F 69 Responses Jul 15, 2008

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    I'm having a tough time finding a job in

    education. I feel like every time I go in for an interview, potential employers look at my disability rather me as a person that's highly qualified for the job as an educator. It's very frustrating and depressing.
    Monicoocoo Monicoocoo 31-35, F 2 Responses Jul 20

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    flguy123321 flguy123321 31-35, M Feb 24

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    Living With A Scissor Gait

    I'm new to writing stories and not really sure if anyone will be interested. I was born with cerebral palsy, spastic diplegia. It took me longer than most kids, but eventually I learnt to walk. My problem is that I don't have proper control of my legs. When I'm standing still you...
    steffylegs steffylegs 26-30, F 9 Responses Apr 21, 2012

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    I was born with cerebral palsy

    and I can honestly say it's a extremely difficult disability to deal with. Growing up I was fine with the fact that I was different. I had a confidence that I wish I could have now. The saddest part about it is the fact that I've accepted the loneliness that I feel comes with...
    scottiekay scottiekay 22-25, M 4 Responses Jul 2

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    Kaylamay17 Kaylamay17 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 26

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    My name is Tyler. I am 16 years old

    and have mild CP. My left side of my body is weaker than the right. Since I had a surgical procedure, I occasionally walk with a limp. While I have many friends at school, I feel as though most can never relate to me. I am looking for real friendships and relationships with...
    TylerSMan TylerSMan 16-17, M 2 Responses Jun 27

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    I have always tried to be a positive person in

    my life. Even with this disability I try to not let it effect my mood. Now that I am getting closer to 30 (28) and my body is starting to change again and my CP effecting me differently I am finding it really really hard not to be down right ANGRY about it. I don't want to...
    grimmc grimmc 26-30, M Jun 24

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    Grandma Helped Me Be Who I Am Today

    (gonna start from beginning and work through my life with grandma, I called her mommom) I was diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy in my first year of life. I was not able to walk or talk until I was 3 from the help of mommom. When I was 3 mommom was working at Life college and...
    peacelover927 peacelover927 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 16, 2013

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    I have mild cp in my right side.

    I'm always depressed and I get nervous around people. I don't like being with people cuz I don't want them to notice something. I hate what I look like and how I walk. I am very clumsy:( is there anything that would help me a bit
    annaleejo annaleejo 13-15, F 5 Responses May 5

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    I have had Spastic Ataxic Quadriplegic CP

    since my birthday at 22 weeks in 1978. I use a power chair. I have an above average IQ and a mind blowing EQ. People still refuse to talk to me directly if I am out with my support worker. I'm Australian, and have spoken about my frustration on my inactive account, TheRealWoman...
    TheWomanWhoDid TheWomanWhoDid 36-40 2 Responses Jul 28

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    I'm 48 with cp, i don't know

    which kind. I was born at 6mo because i didn't want to wait for next Christmas! With surgeries , speech & physical therapy as a child I can walk, lately with a cain. I just look clumsy I fall a lot but get back up!!!! A few times people thought I was drunk!!!! I've been blessed...
    mgv162 mgv162 46-50, F 3 Responses May 4

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    Hi All

    After reading the stories and comments of several of you here, I have been inspired to post mine.  I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy around the time I was one year old, and from the very beginning my parents did an excellent job of making sure that I got the therapy and...
    traeder traeder 26-30, M 2 Responses Jun 14, 2010

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    I'm not the type to get upset about cp much

    but I'm about to break down I just I can't I need ugh god please help me someone talk to me to get my mind off things
    Kaylamay17 Kaylamay17 16-17, F 3 Responses Mar 22

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    I have mild cerebral palsy in my left leg.

    It causes me to walk with a limp and all through middle school I was called "limpy". Ive not yet gotten picked on on high school and I'm hoping it's because everyone's finally accepting me for who I am(: I've learned to embrace my cerebral palsy because it sets me apart from...
    alexis1498 alexis1498 16-17, F 3 Responses Jun 22

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    Hi all, I have mild cerebral palsy affecting my

    left side. I'm still trying to accept it even though it has been 23 years. :p I am incredibly shy and find it really difficult to make friends because of my disability, so I have always been a loner. I also worry that some people just can't see past the disability. I dream of...
    knporter1 knporter1 22-25, F 8 Responses Jun 21

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    Kaylamay17 Kaylamay17 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 3

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    I am 30 I have CP it's been hard

    but good I have a son love of my life I use to walk but in jr high school they said I had to go in a wheelchair or I could not go to school but I make life how u want it
    mandy1984 mandy1984 26-30, F 1 Response May 12

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    Cerebral Palsy Depression

    I have been living with cerebral palsy for my entire life. What other people take for granted, I have to make an effort for. I can't ride a bike, get dressed, tie my shoes, or simple everyday things. But I try to do my best at everything I do. I always wanted to play the piano...
    1988lk 1988lk 26-30 6 Responses Jul 31, 2013

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    I am a 21 year old young woman with mild

    spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. I'm grateful for a great family and the fact that I have many close friends. Recently, I have been thinking about the future and how, in addition to having a career, I would love to get married and have kids. While it has always been easy for me...
    dahlia88 dahlia88 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 18

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    CP Is a Gift...

    I have a crazy idea, folks. I think that you could look at our CP as a gift. With it, we can see injustice and ignorance and we know that love and friendship matters. Our eyes are wide open and wise. Our bodies are twisted, we may limp or use wheels, but So What? We are awesome...
    TheRealWoman TheRealWoman 31-35, F 22 Responses Apr 10, 2009

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    Hey everyone :) my name is Chelsea.

    I am 20 years old and I have mild cerebral palsy in both my legs. It was caused my the umbilical cord being wrapped around my neck and I didn't walk until I was 3 years old. My relationships with people though out my life have been difficult because it is hard for people to...
    the1andonlyChelsChels the1andonlyChelsChels 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 30

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    I'm 24 and have right hemiparesis cerebral

    palsy. I'm working on getting a B.A. in Sociology and I'd like to talk to other people who have CP.
    sweetstar1 sweetstar1 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 12

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    Being Told Its Your Fault U Have Cp :(

    hi im pretty new at this but i figure your spoused to write your personal experiences so others can learn from them??? so here goes, i spent my life beleiveing what my parents told me "when you were born the doctors couldnt explain why you had cp" you know how it is what you dont...
    Brayden15 Brayden15 13-15 10 Responses Apr 17, 2012

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    I am 18 I can't walk on my own I need a walker

    or I have to use a wheelchair so too all the people who have a bad day or can't walk don't give up I swim I ride 4wheelers I camp I have been hunting I toke a 2 day trip on my own I had to ride a bus you can do many things just keep trying but I understand there some things...
    spyroboy4 spyroboy4 18-21, M 3 Responses Mar 11

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    I’m Divinegimp a 23-year-old young woman

    and I have Cerebral Palsy-spastic diplegia. I can walk some with a walker I mainly use a manual or electric wheelchair though.
    divinegimp divinegimp 22-25 4 Responses Jan 6

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    I Communicate Differently, But Please Communicate

    Like many people with cerebral palsy I use a wheelchair for mobility. My condition also affects my ability to speak and so I use an electronic communication device. Most people have seen one of these or are familiar at least a bit with Steven Hawking. If you meet me or another...
    HollieRgirl HollieRgirl 18-21, F 23 Responses Apr 25, 2012

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    My name is Jalisa, I'm 23,

    and I have CP. I was born 2 months early and my mom was in labor with me for 3 days. The thing that bothers me most is that people see I'm different first and then assume that because I have a disability I'm not smart or capable of (some) things for myself. Sometimes, I'd just...
    lisamay90 lisamay90 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 27

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    I have mild CP, sometimes

    when I walk my right leg turns inward or my foot drop affects my gait and I start to trip myself unintentionally. On multiple occasions, I've caught myself before I had a hard fall. I've broken 3 braces so far and I'm only 30! My new brace is in the shop getting fixed and it's...
    coolride83 coolride83 26-30, M 3 Responses Mar 19

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    PrettyFknDope PrettyFknDope 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 18

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    Cerebral Palsy A Bit More Of A Psychological Struggle With Age

    Hello all, I am a 32 year old guy that was diagnosed with CP as a toddler. I was born six weeks premature and stopped breathing 3 times immediately after birth. Although never really confirmed, my guess is these events led to neurological damage and CP. My mother was an amazingly...
    matrixx515 matrixx515 31-35, M 8 Responses Jun 23, 2012

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    Cerebral Palsy + Bullying

    As a kid, I knew right away I was not normal. I couldn't do all the things the other kids could. I got teased, beat up, bullied, and to make it worse, the teachers bullied me as well. I never told my parents what went on in school because I knew they would not understand. I grew...
    latinounico latinounico 22-25, M 6 Responses Sep 20, 2012

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    Teen With Cerebral Palsy

    Hi, I'm Tess. I'm 17 and have CP. I use an electric wheelchair but I can walk with support. I can't use my hands very well and a have a speech problem. I'm currently in year 12 and I'm doing it over 2 years because of the workload. I'm not too sure whether I want to go to...
    amytess amytess 18-21 13 Responses Mar 2, 2010

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    My Life: Cerebral Palsy

    Since grade school, I've always been one that has been bullied. Never really understood at first, I thought I was just like everyone else. I started realizing more and more that I had limitations on certain things, and teachers would allow me to do things that other students...
    eszymanski eszymanski 18-21, F 7 Responses Mar 25, 2013

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    Hi, I'm 22, and have cp,

    in the right side, it was mainly in the foot, which I had physio for, but is it normal for it to affect the whole of my right side? I should add it is mild, and I have a limp. Basically I'd just like to know how everyone goes on with jobs? I have worked for this company for 6...
    robh56 robh56 22-25, M 5 Responses Jul 18

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    I Have Cp

    i never tell people, in fact if your reading this you'd be the first. i have always thought of "CP" as a curse thay i never deserved. i have cried myself to sleep many nights wondering "why me?" i always think of CP as permanent chains on my...
    shadowx shadowx 18-21 3 Responses Jun 8, 2009

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    Mild, But Still There..

    Hi everyone. I've thought about how to write my story for ages. I'll just say what I know. I have cerebral palsy. I was born 2 months early and there were several complications with the birth. I spent another 2 months in the hospital after that. I was diagnosed as a baby because...
    ambience ambience 22-25, F 48 Responses Jun 15, 2010

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    Spastic Hemiplegia Of The Left Side

    I was born 4 weeks premature. My mother told me that the norm is to push for three hours but she was made to push for four hours (or norm + one, in case my numbers are incorrect). After the four hours, she said she couldn't push anymore and an emergency C-section was performed...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jul 8, 2012

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    So, my adaptive cutting/eating equipment came

    into today. Who knew that a cutting board with suction cups and 2 nails stuck in the middle could be so helpful. Food doesn't slide when you cut with one hand! Also got a rocker knife that cuts food easily using one hand. I haven't tried the fork with the wrist holder yet, but...
    sweetstar1 sweetstar1 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 25

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    Hi! I am a registered nurse with cerebral palsy

    and I was reading through many of these stories and I just wanted to 1. Share my own story 2. offer some advice for seeking pain relief (if you just want to skip my rambling story please skip to the last paragraph) 3. Quick question- I want to start riding a bike again...
    bandgeektc bandgeektc 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    I've lived with this my entire life.

    My mom told me the story about my birth and how my umbilical cord was wrapped around my neck and how my legs where up around my head, my feet near the back of my head. It's a struggle every day but I am doing quite well. I can walk, I can talk and I have an average IQ, which...
    Shinook26 Shinook26 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 10

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    Hello my friends. I have mild cerebral palsy.

    It affects my walking and sometimes I trip over myself but apart from that I'm completely independent. I really try to be positive as much as possible and I'm not afraid to joke about my condition. I am currently acting at a regional theatre and I'm currently training to become...
    jbird1890 jbird1890 16-17, M 2 Responses Jun 25

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    Hi I am nearly eight-teen I know I may be young,

    but I was just wondering if anyone has gone though anything similar or could help me. I know everyone is different in there own way and reacts differently to things and unfortunately I don’t really know anyone else who has CP I could talk to. I was diagnosed with mild...
    Dizzy196 Dizzy196 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 12

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    Hi there I was born with Cerebral Palsy,

    went through a lot of physio and speech therapy. It helped a lot, I got to walk normally and my speech can perfect. I am know 38 years old, I in my twenty I started to notice a decline in my disability when I get frights my legs go stiff and I fall. My balance also has become...
    fluffy345 fluffy345 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 9

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    well honestly don't know what to say except

    for I have cerebral palsy and as we all know life is not very easy when you have a disability
    christinalloyd christinalloyd 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    BORN With Cerebral Palsy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I was born with cp(cerebral palsy).  I have good days and bad days.  I have accept my disability.  I thank God for allowing me to be born.  I blowing people's minds.  I can do things with one hand that people can not do with two. 
    METALERVIN METALERVIN 41-45, F 4 Responses Jul 4, 2008

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    Why Am I On Here

    Hey My name is Aleenah and I am 18 years old. I have Cerebral palsy. I haven't really accepted that thought. So I am trying to make new friends with Cerebral Palsy. So that maybe I can accept myself for who I am and for what God created me to be. I want to make friendships with...
    AleenahLogan77 AleenahLogan77 18-21, F 6 Responses Jun 3, 2012

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    Try, Try Again

    I have mild Cerebral palsy, I am the only one out of my parent five children to have it. I was born early I weighted 3 lbs and 9oz., It affects my back, hips and legs. I did have physical Therapy in elementary school, I have some vision problems but they aren't too bad. I am...
    stephLan87 stephLan87 26-30, F 5 Responses Jul 17, 2013

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    I am 20 years old and yes,

    I have CP. I may look normal and I am normal, just different. Ever since I was little, people make fun of me because I "talk funny" but I am actually quite smart if I apply myself. I am currently a college student studying Occupational Therapy and absolutely love it . Every...
    countingstarsss countingstarsss 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 10

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    My Moderate Cerebral Palsy

    I was born at 1 lb 10 ounces. You might say "wow". Yup, I was the size of a soda can. I take physical therapy now and it's helping. I might have to use leg braces every day. I fall down some times. So please understand me and I'm a good person. Come to me and let's have a chat...
    Oscarrios570 Oscarrios570 13-15, M 3 Responses Mar 28, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    This is nuts. How can I go from me to someone else? I have no feeling in the left side of my face. I cant smile, blink my eye its crazy. I dont want to talk to anyone I dont want...
    nmgirl505 nmgirl505 31-35, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I worked at a gas station for a little over a year and in that time I got to know everybody within a 20 miles radius. All on different schedules than one another but for me, always...
    sunkern sunkern 18-21, M 2 Responses Sep 1

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    It had been a whirlwind weekend - I flew from Georgia to Pennsylvania at o' dark early to surprise my aunt for her 60th birthday - it was a blast! Woke up the next morning, Sunday...
    kemeki kemeki 26-30, F Aug 26

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