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I Have Cerebral Palsy

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 454 People

    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 3 Responses Oct 16, 2014

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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 31-35, F 4 Responses Oct 30, 2014

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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, 2014

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    Yes i have cerebral palsy

    but it isn't as bad as some people who have it and my heart goes out to those who have it realky bad.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 17

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    Diagnosed with CP at a very young age.

    Pregnancy is supposed to be a beautiful gift from God. What happens when your child has a lifelong condition. Forced to live with it for the rest of your life. When I was born I was 3Ibs 6 ounces I was 4 months premature. I was so tiny I could fit into the palm of your hand. I...
    lividiniv lividiniv 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 2

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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 67 Responses Jul 15, 2008

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    You'd think that being alive

    for 21 years I'd know someone with CP, but I haven't met anyone yet.
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses May 8

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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 21 Responses Apr 10, 2009

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    I was diagnosed with spastic left hemiplegia at

    9 months of life. It appears many people don't often pick up on it for what it is, so I only really mention the condition if the situation seems to call for it. It used to upset me a great deal for the obviously frustrating limitations; and also the perceived social stigma. Will...
    3naturespice3 3naturespice3 22-25 5 Responses Jan 24

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    I was born with Cerebral Palsy.

    Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills (the ability to move in a coordinated and purposeful way). I have always considered myself to be brave, kind to others and a leader. My mother and sister say that I am a fighter and never...
    claythechamp claythechamp 18-21, M Jul 24

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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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    I was born 2 months premature

    and at 16 months old I was diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy. When I was little I had trouble learning how to walk so I wore leg braces and I used a walker from age 2 to 4. I also had trouble with motor skills and using my hands. Also because of my cerebral palsy I have to...
    HuggiesBoy20 HuggiesBoy20 18-21, M Aug 5

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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, 2014

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    Do you think I can ever find a gf I am 20 in a

    wheelchair can move my arms and legs
    Styl94 Styl94 18-21 6 Responses Mar 10

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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, 2014

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    i have mild cp and it somewhat affects my brain

    but its made a stronger person ive almost died 4 times but i still stand and everything ive been through shows the world that i have a purpose and i am proud to be me and not ashame of my disability anymore even though i still get called insulting names like "cripple" or...
    xbabybeeovoxo xbabybeeovoxo 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 27

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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 10 Responses Jun 21, 2014

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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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    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, 2014

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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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    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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    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 54 Responses Jun 15, 2010

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    Hello! I am new to this forum.

    I have mild cp. It was found when I was a toddler. I have not seen a specialist since I was 5. A week ago my ankle gave me problems. I did not injure it. Now I have leg pain, backaches and headaches. Does anyone else have this condition?
    kope77 kope77 36-40, F 2 Responses Jan 23

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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, 2014

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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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    I am Armaine, I was born with Mild Spastic

    Cerebral Palsy that only affects my legs. I think it's diplegia? Growing up with CP wasn't tough, but it wasn't unicorns and rainbows either. As I grow up, I've become curious at what kind of CPs there are, and I've been wanting to meet someone with CP/connect with someone. My...
    rrlantezz rrlantezz 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 25

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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 3 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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    I was not born this way.

    I was born normal. I was born 3 months premature, and in the 3 month of my life, I developed a clot in my brain, 3rd ventricle, and when they tried to correct it, they used air to get the clot to move, but it didn't work, and damaged my motor skills, slightly. They corrected...
    mavrick0417 mavrick0417 36-40, M Mar 17

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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 26-30, M 6 Responses Sep 20, 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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    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 56-60 1 Response Dec 9, 2014

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    I am fourteen and when I wake up every morning

    I forget that I have cp but then its like got ran over even during the day I forget some of you know that know what it feels like I come from a family of runners and I see the sadness in my mom and dads eyes and I feel like my chest is weighing me down I can feel the whispers...
    thekidthatwill thekidthatwill 13-15 4 Responses Jan 24

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    looking for someone who has Cp

    that want to chat. just a friend.
    kev1254 kev1254 26-30, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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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 16-17, F 5 Responses May 5, 2014

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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 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 mild cp I'm 23 I'm looking

    for a girl who love dogs Disney (I'm a big classic Disney fan) an anime and a kid at heart I live with my mom and dad
    incesttalk incesttalk 22-25, M 2 Responses Jun 28

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    I'm 38 years old. I have mild cerebral palsy.

    It basically just effects my speech. Sometimes my head shakes when I'm nerves. And my hands shake a little. I'm not in a wheel chair. And I don't have any trouble walking. I hate the way people treat me. They automatically assume I'm mentally handicapped. Can anyone else...
    sunshine20144 sunshine20144 36-40, F 5 Responses 4 days ago

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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 18-21, M 2 Responses Jun 25, 2014

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    Hi, I'm Matt, I've had mild cp

    for my whole life. It was difficult when I was younger, always going to doctors and physical therapists. Always needing help for certain things, always not being able to run fast enough. But there have been some good that has come from it. I am able to play basketball despite my...
    Lifeisgoodtearsofjoy Lifeisgoodtearsofjoy 16-17, M 1 Response Jun 22

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    Hi my name is Madison .

    I have CP that effects me from the waist down . I was born 2pounds 3 oz . I have had my fair share of physical therapy from kindergarten to 5th grade. The physical therapy was not changing my CP so they gave up trying to get me to walk. That was a long time ago... Most of the...
    MaddyJB2016 MaddyJB2016 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 14

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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, 2014

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    Hello, I have Cerebral Palsy (Left

    Hemi-Spastic) and Dystonia. I am 15 years old and I have a hard time feeling like I am wanted in certain groups. I am the only person in the town I live that has either of these disabilities. I have never been told I can't and I know I can achieve anything I set my mind to, but...
    Supermanslover143 Supermanslover143 16-17, F 7 Responses Jan 7

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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 31-35, F 1 Response May 12, 2014

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    Can cerebral palsy get worse

    as you get older?
    kope77 kope77 36-40, F 7 Responses Jan 25

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