Good And BadI was diagnosed with CP when I was 5 years old. The doctors knew that I came out breech, blue and premature. I was told that when I was born, I had the umbilical cord around my neck. Most of my CP is in my legs and I am also slow at learning. It's been hard to keep friends because once they learn that I'm disabled, they run off. I don't really know why that happens and after awhile, I just got used to it. In Elementary school, I had a group of friends who I always stuck around with. Jordan, Tara, Kayla, Josh and Eldon. We where really good friends for quite some time but since Kayla and Josh where in a different grade than the rest of us, we eventually had to split off in our own ways. Jordan and Eldon ended up going to a different High School, while Tara and I went to the same middle school.
I never really had any other fixed friends in school, but I do have a lot of good friends in BCSO. I am part of the special olympics team. I do Swimming, Powerlifting and 10 pin Bowling. I've known most of my friends in BCSO for 17 years, almost 18. When I first started out, I was 7 years old and now I'm 24..it's been a long, long journey. When I first started out, I was in swimming only. There where about 15 other athletes other than myself and now there is about 25+ all together. BCSO here has grown a lot, where a simple BBQ wind up would be a small gathering of 50-75 people is now a little over 100.
The hardest part of having CP is that I can't run or walk too far of a distance. I can walk, I just can't walk as much as others can. I have a hard time using my legs as it is and speaking to someone in general is difficult. I stutter sometimes and I have a slight speech impediment. I want to show people that I can do exactly what they can if they gave me the chance. I may be slow at learning but I will get there eventually. A few months ago, a friend of mine explained to me what E=Mc2 meant. I understood it because he put it in a way where it was easier to understand. When he did, it became simple to me and I wanted to learn more. Unfortunately, since I'm not in HS anymore, I can't take a course in something like that. I know that my mom loves math, maybe I have that gene if I really tried. I would love to explore it more whenever I get the chance.