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I Have Cerebral Palsy

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    Kaylamay17 Kaylamay17 16-17, F 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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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 16-17, F 7 Responses Mar 25, 2013

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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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    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 1 Response Jan 6

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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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    See What We Are About

    Interested in what we do? Check out our website filled with cool projects! https://sites.google.com/a/temple.edu/vepo/home
    templeresearchpt templeresearchpt 18-21 Aug 6, 2013

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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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    My Life On Four Wheels

    this story i'm going to try to dig deep into my soul here so stick with me here my day starts off with me waking up and then having to yell for someone to get me up because i can't get myself up i try to find something to eat i also cant cook i can feed myself so that's one thing...
    JustChrisCarter JustChrisCarter 18-21, M 3 Responses Aug 9, 2013

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    flguy123321 flguy123321 26-30, M Feb 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 6 Responses Feb 16, 2013

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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...
    PitchDaffy PitchDaffy 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 10

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    Hello my name is Nate i was born 16 weeks early

    weighed 1lb and 14oz, i have very mild CP i walk with a limp in my left leg and i also have a stutter, i have learned through out my life to just not care anymore, i am not going to let my stutter affect the fact that i am afraid to make friends anymore i can say that i am...
    NateDogg00 NateDogg00 18-21, M 3 Responses Jan 6

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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 43 Responses Jun 15, 2010

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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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    About Myself

    My name is Jonathan Craft. I am handicapped. I have what they call CP which is cerebral palsy. Which really means that they don't know how much of my disease will progress and there really is not that much out there on how to treat an adult with my handicap. So already I have...
    joncraft84 joncraft84 26-30 1 Response Nov 6, 2013

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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 2 Responses Mar 22

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    It's very mild, but it's still pretty bad.

    The thing I dislike most is my speech. I know myself that I have a slight lisp and I slur my words a lot. No matter how aware I am of this, it doesn't help.. so I just stop talking. The best thing about it is being in BCSO. I am in the Special Olympics and I have been for 19...
    RoyalGoldx RoyalGoldx 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 29

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    Diagnosed With CP At A Very Young Age.

    Pregnancy is supposed to be beautiful gift from God! What happens when your child has a lifelong condition? Forced to live with it for the rest of their life? Your parents feel guilty. They think could I have carried you longer. When I was born. I weighed 3 lbs. 6 oz. My mother...
    Lividiniv Lividiniv 18-21, F 5 Responses Feb 9, 2013

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    I Think More Disabled People Should Speak For Themselves

    It is surprising to me that more disabled people do not comment on the fact that the vast majority of published experts on disability are able-bodied. Feminists writing about women's issues are predominantly women; ethnic minorities speak out about racial issues; gays speak out...
    jamesmacdonald777 jamesmacdonald777 51-55 Aug 21, 2013

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    I'm 16 and I was born with mild ataxic

    and spastic cerebral palsy. I can walk mostly fine however I never learnt to craw as a baby and I struggle with things like balance beams, walking in a straight line and cannot ride a bike. It's also very uncomfortable and a big effort to keep my head straight and I sometimes...
    KjStormy KjStormy 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 12, 2013

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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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    Mild, But It's Still There..

    Let's see. Long story short, my birth wasn't perfect. As I've been told, my doctor did not listen to my mom when she said she felt something was wrong with me while she was pregnant with me and when I was born,I was premature, breech, blue and had the umbilical cord around my...
    Kaskyla Kaskyla 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 17, 2013

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    Virtual Environment

    An old video but a great idea of what our lab is doing! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNmPAtTA3Ik
    templeresearchpt templeresearchpt 18-21 Aug 14, 2013

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    Transportation??

    I was just wondering for people that dont drive what transportation service do you use? I wanna get my license at some point though maybe. Ive been using paratransit for 6 years but its really annoying how costumers can only call certain times and trips cannot be scheduled on...
    Kissmyflaws Kissmyflaws 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 7, 2013

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    First Love

    When I was fifteen I was going out with a girl called Angela she wasn't my first girlfriend, but I think she was the first girl I ever really loved. We went steady for ten months, and we saw each other almost every night. I remember that my parent's didn't really approve of her...
    AlmostAristotle AlmostAristotle 61-65, M 19 Responses Mar 19, 2011

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    Vanessa'S CP Awareness Group!

    I created a Facebook page and I'd like people who have CP to join it! Type in face books search box Vanessa's CP awareness group and it should take you too my page. If you want to add me to your friends list type Vanessa Lividini in the search box I will add you as a friend...
    Lividiniv Lividiniv 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 24, 2013

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    I Have Mild Cerebral Palsy.

    Well i'm a 17 year old girl. I was born at 6 months. 1 lb .08 ounces. Probably about the size of a soda can. Anyway, I was born with Mild CP. My legs aren't straight. My left side is worse. I've been told I walk with a limp, but i don't see it. My left arm also doesn't go...
    Niyah6 Niyah6 16-17, F 4 Responses Nov 28, 2013

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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 7 Responses Jun 23, 2012

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    I Was Born Six Weeks Premature

    I have minor cerebral palsy due to a minute's lack of oxygen to the brain when I was born. My left side is the most affected. When I was six years old, I had double osteotmies (the doctors broke my legs and turned my feet out) and hamstring releases. As a result, I can walk short...
    falconflight falconflight 26-30 5 Responses Apr 5, 2008

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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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    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 7 Responses Sep 20, 2012

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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 11 Responses Apr 17, 2012

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    Spasms: I have had severe spasms

    for the last two days. I wish it would stop!
    DisabledBoy DisabledBoy 18-21, M Jan 27

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    Hemipeligia Cp

    Hey, I am 26 and have had cerebral palsy all my life.  CP only affects one side of my body (right) so I am still able to do what the "normal" folk do.  I drive( my car is adapted and I have had some boo-boos) and have since i was 21.  Work at a daycare...
    jlynnaz jlynnaz 26-30, F 7 Responses Nov 17, 2008

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    I have spastic diplegia

    and i share my story and struggles on my page at "I feel like I dont fit in anywhere" so feel free to check it out:)
    livelaughlovegs livelaughlovegs 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 19

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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 3 Responses Feb 27

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    Late Diagnosis

    I'm 23 and just found out that I was born with cerebral palsy. I've had problems walking all my life, but all I was ever told was that my problems were because I was a premature baby (which I suppose is true in essence). At last, there is a name for my...
    Shonnie Shonnie 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 9, 2009

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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 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    A Not-so-normal Outlook

    I've seen many groups on here with wonderful stories and so many shared experiences; I suppose it's time to share mine.  I am a teen with cerebral palsy.  I'm more than willing to share my name but I won't; I'd rather not take away from the jist of EP. I was born three...
    cplamb04 cplamb04 18-21, F 7 Responses Jul 24, 2010

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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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    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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    New Facebook Group For People With Cerebral Palsy Who Want To Share Their Story

    I had a great idea! I created a cerebral palsy awareness group on Facebook! Its a closed group meaning only members can see what we post. I want Experience Project members 18-21 years old too join my page. I wanted to create a support group for anyone who has cerebral palsy. We...
    JustChrisCarter JustChrisCarter 18-21, M Aug 2, 2013

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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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    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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    Kaylamay17 Kaylamay17 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 3

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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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    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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    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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    Cerebral Palsy isn't a disease

    or illness, it's a neurological condition resulting at birth. My brain sends out wrong messages to the muscles, causing uncontrollable muscle movements at the most inconvenient time. I'm verbal and not bedridden (A misconception). I'm have normal intelligence, for some reason I...
    PixieLeah PixieLeah 41-45 2 Responses Apr 3

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    I Have Minor Cerebral Palsy

    I have minor cerebral palsy,on the outside it is not overly noticeable I walk with a limp and have used a Cain on and off through out my life. My family always said I could pass so no one has to know what is wrong with you-pass for average- normal neurologically . I always felt...
    Junie27 Junie27 36-40 5 Responses Oct 18, 2010

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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 With Cerebral Palsy

    I was born with Cerebral Palsy. It's in my left leg. I walk with a limp. I have a walker I use whenever my back or my legs hurts. On some days they feel heavy and I have a hard time getting around. I'll use my walker for that. Because it helps give me support and I can take my...
    noaht43 noaht43 41-45, T 1 Response Sep 2, 2012

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    We are not disabled we are human everyone in the world has something they can not do a disability <3
    Kaylamay17 Kaylamay17 16-17, F Mar 23

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    jamesgphoto jamesgphoto 26-30, M Apr 10

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    Cp is a condition marked by impaired muscle coordination and/or other disabilities, typically caused by damage to the brain before during or after birth Cerebral palsy is a group...
    Kaylamay17 Kaylamay17 16-17, F