Dear cerebral palsy,
I both love and hate you.
I hate you because you make my life difficult. Every single day I’m faced with challenges because of you. Sometimes I wish you would go away and leave me alone. You trip me up and make me fall, making me do embarrassing things in front of people and having far too much control over my life. I hate you because of the frustration you create when I can’t always do as much as I’d like to, or getting tired far too easy. I dislike the pain that you cause me, and how it never goes away. You don’t exactly make things plain sailing, do you? I know I’m not making you sound very nice, and in the words of John Green – “the world is not a wish granting factory.” However I know this, it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s not all negative and here is why I think that.
I have mild cerebral palsy, which basically means I can pretty much do everything. It just might take me a little longer, or I might do things in a slightly different way (when my hair was longer I used to plait it using my mouth – don’t judge!). It means my left hand and leg is weaker, and might not always cooperate (especially when it’s really needed!). However I have a super strong right hand and leg – which makes up for it (doesn’t sound so bad does it)! I might walk A LOT slower than my friends, and always have a queue of annoyed people behind me.