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I Have Cerebral Palsy

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 410 People

    I was born three months early

    and weighed 2 lbs. I was diagnosed with CP about 3 years old. I have to use a walker or wheelchair to get around.
    amanda31423 amanda31423 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 2

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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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    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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    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 22-25, F 4 Responses Jun 18

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    I was born July 24 and was due November 4.

    2 pounds, 2 ounces. I was not expected to live, let alone walk or talk. Today, I am 16 with left hemiplegia and finally felt brave enough to talk to others with cerebral palsy too. :)
    bryceisapenguin bryceisapenguin 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 6

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    Hi there I have cp I live in a rehab facility

    for people with disabilities. I am always looking to move independently to my own place. I use a wheelchair and crutches. I'm going to school to become a teacher and help students like me. When I'm in my classes the teachers are always surprised that my brain work. Most people...
    me0883 me0883 18-21, M 4 Responses Oct 15

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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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    Kaylamay17 Kaylamay17 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 26

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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 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 12

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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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    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 68 Responses Jul 15, 2008

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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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    It has occurred to me recently

    that having a disability involves more than coping with a physical disability. Perhaps it means how you relate to non-disabled people--how you reciprocate their kindness when you can't respond as an able-bodied person. And probably you need more help than an able-bodied person...
    jamesmacdonald777 jamesmacdonald777 51-55 1 Response Dec 9

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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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    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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    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 3 Responses Jul 28

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    I have a mild case of spastic CP in my legs.

    I am in my first year of university and I am loving it! Yes there it has been a major adjustment for me but I am doing it.
    morgan2a morgan2a 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 11

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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 51 Responses Jun 15, 2010

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    hi im nick i have cp

    and I have had CP since I was a baby I was three months premature and I had a hole in my heart I was also adopted and I am living my life one day at a time it's really hard for other people to understand because they don't have the situations I have I'm looking for some friends...
    nickawesome24 nickawesome24 22-25, M 3 Responses Nov 14

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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 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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    I was born with CP and my mother was told I

    would not live to see 18. I am proud to say I am now 30 and able to live on my own. I recently started thinking about learning to drive. The CP affects my legs and I use a walker. I am hoping that driving is possible.
    Truelady30 Truelady30 26-30, F 4 Responses Oct 30

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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 3 Responses Jul 20

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    Hi everyone. I'm 27 years old

    and I was diagnosed with CP when I was born. Fortunately my disability isnt too bad. I can still get around and have full use of all my limbs. I can move around like any normal person. Finding a mate is my biggest problem. Nobody seems to want to look past my disability and see...
    garciavega garciavega 26-30, M 2 Responses Oct 24

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    My girlfriend, who is my primary caretaker,

    took our brand new son to another state to visit her grandparents. My parents are unable to care for me these days because shortly after I moved out my mother got a job at an advanced wage then she made working from home and started working full time. Because I need to be fed...
    DisabledBoy DisabledBoy 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 28

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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 5 Responses Jan 6

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    I was diagnosed at 2 years old,

    like many of you life as a child was not a great experience for me. I had several surgeries through the Shriners. I have had both legs operated on have had to use braces, wheel chairs and walkers. As I am sure most of you have. Being made fun of and bullied and left behind...
    determined1200 determined1200 41-45 1 Response Oct 16

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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 2 Responses Apr 10

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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 9 Responses Jun 21

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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 3 Responses Feb 16, 2013

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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...
    sxelatino sxelatino 22-25, M 6 Responses Sep 20, 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 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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    I have had spastic Cerebral Palsy

    since I was born. I am now 43 years old. I live in uk. I have had different experiences throughout my life good and bad but try and stay positive always. Over these last few months it has been difficult with some depression and self harm but I try and keep going regardless x
    GsyBTBBoots GsyBTBBoots 41-45, M 1 Response Nov 25

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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 4 Responses Jun 12

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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 3 Responses Apr 10

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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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    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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    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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    Relationships And CP

    Relationships are apart of our lives and is truly something wonderful to be in. Now I have CP and many would think it would be hard to be in a relationship and yes it is but when you are confident about how you are and could care less of what others think of you and your CP...
    GMG08 GMG08 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 15, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    Hi, my name is Praween. Im 18 years old and due to shortage of oxygen and an accident i was diagnosed with spastic diplegia. Its a really long story but they tried everything...
    PraweenVanRysselberge PraweenVanRysselberge 18-21, M Nov 22

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    I'm a 34 year old lesbian who had found the 'one' and got married last year. Within weeks of the wedding, I lost my father. I'm an only child and had lost my mom in my early 20s...
    abstractdata abstractdata 31-35, F 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    I am a model, and I have Conversion Disorder. It is difficult to type today, but I am trying desperately to respond to demands of the Holidays like making gifts. And reaching back...
    ashleyrose7809 ashleyrose7809 22-25, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    I've always had very controlling parents and I've never been very close to them. My mother has always been a teacher at my school to make matters worse so I've never had an privacy...
    lostlouise97 lostlouise97 16-17, F 4 hrs ago

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    Yeah kids are cute and all, but there's so much responsibility. Most people I know think that having children is all fun and games, but they fail to realise that after all that...
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