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 months early to a crack addict for a mother and a sinner turned saint for a father.  Hours after I was born, my mother left the hospital looking for her next hit.  It would be easy to sit around and say I had a crappy childhood but I won't because I didn't.  My mother was in and out of the picture during my childhood while my father raised me and my older brother as a single parent.

I have a mild form of cerebral palsy known as spastic dyplegia.  My muscles are tight, rigid and quite stiff.  My father has told me stories about during the summer he'd sit on the porch and cry for me because I couldn't really do anything.  Doctors told him I wouldn't be able to walk, talk or fuction effectively in the real world, today I am proud to say I can do all those things and more.

During my elementary years I was often teased and called terrible names.  I remember my first day of school, during playtime I sat alone in the corner because no one would play with me.  They all thought they would catch it somehow.

Entering high school was quite the experience, it was the opportunity for a fresh start.  My very first day (Freshmen year) was spent mostly in a wheelchair because I had just had a second tendon lengthening surgery.  The angst of of trying to manage my schoolwork was overwhelming but by the end of the year I had managed to make Honor Roll 4 out of 4 times.  I was so proud of myself and my dad was too.

April 1st 2005, my mother passed away of liver cancer and I was more than happy to be right beside her.  In her last months of life she managed to make her peace with God; that was the best form of closure she had ever given me.

August 3rd 2006 my father married after years of being alone and is as happy as can be.

Life isn't always the easiest but I try my best to hold tight to my faith and after that the rest is a breeze.
cplamb04 cplamb04
18-21, F
7 Responses Jul 24, 2010

Thankyou for sharing your story. <br />
I am 19 years old have mild CP, & I was also born premature (about 2 1/2 months, I'm a fraternal twin with a perfectly healthy brother). <br />
I am so sorry about your mother, but your father sounds like a kind, caring man. <br />
I wish you and your family the best, and you are very smart & a good student. You have a bright future ahead of you!

Thesbol,<br />
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Thank you for your comment on my story, I really appreciate it. I agree with you on keeping the faith, I can't tell you enough how important it is for a child with CP or any disability for that matter to have good, healthy strong parents who are willing to set a good example. I most certainly wish you and your family all the best.

Hi, your story is very inspiring.I have a 3 year old daughter with cerebral palsy,i've always wondered how things will be better for her as far as mobility and co-ordination is conserned.I;m believing God that she will be able to do quite well.I'm hapi for u. If u dont mind, i would love to have yr e-mail ,as i need u to give me some information about developmental mildstones.thank you.

Thank you Bmiller9924, it's nice to know of someone with a similiar situation. It really helps you to feel like your not alone. I definitely will stay strong :)

I have to say my heart goes out to you having the same type of CP..I know all about going back to school after surgeries or people thinking they can catch what you have :) Good for you for staying strong, although my story isn't totally like yours. My mother was supposed to have twins but she lost my sister and I was born 3 month early. My mom basically raised me and my brother and sister on her own cause my dad left when I was 5 and i didn't really see him much until after I was 18. Well stay strong <3

Emovamp,<br />
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Thank you for commenting on my story and I'm glad I could be of some help. It's great to hear that you are friends with Angela and Steven, your open mind will take you far.<br />
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Yeah, I've encountered my share of hurtful people, including my older brother but I do my best not to let it stop what it is that I want to do.<br />
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Thank you, I'm glad too. She left so many things undone and so many questions unanswered but making her peace was something I'm thankful to God that I didn't have to worry about.<br />
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Well, they aren't always up to par but I love them anyway because they're all I've got.<br />
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Thanks again for commenting, I wish you and your friends the best of luck!

wow yr an inspiration iv a few friends with cerebral palsy.and they are my dearest friends angela an steven struggle with speech a little but then so i lol..<br />
they are two of my misunderstood friends i hang out with the when im in hamilton and the looks they get anger me.,the things others can say,.<br />
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bu they are so strong in that they dont let it hurt them,<br />
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they both work easy jobs but its ther independence is ther thrill.,.<br />
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angela recently got her own flat and im so so so proud of her and steven..<br />
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im sorry about yr mom my regards to her im glad she made her peace..<br />
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it sounds lik you hav a wonderfull inspiring family :)..