My mother’s legacy

Looking back on my life, I see that my life was pretty much mapped out for me when I was born and there was nothing I could do to change that.

As a child, I was never going to know I had Cerebral Palsy, but when my mother became terminally ill 4 years ago, I remember her saying how difficult things had been for her at our birth. I believe this was my mother’s legacy to me.

I never thought any more about my Cerebral Palsy until near to my mother’s passing. I needed to find out more on what I had been struggling with for all of those years. I never had any choices but to follow the path my parents wanted to me to go down, so consequently missed out on all the usual things like going to university, travelling and living independently.

From experiencing very little personal success growing up, I feel I have now turned all that around with my website and although I was never open as a child, it was mostly because I was ignored. I always wanted to talk about things. That has never changed or left me. The transition, for me to write came fairly easy, but I never take that for granted.

I have had success going back into study, having studied three subjects to Diploma level. It’s not something I take for granted, in fact the opposite, I usually have to pinch myself to tell myself I’ve done it.

That makes me feel so much better that I’m getting to turn some of those things around.


7 Jan, 2012

6 thoughts on “My mother’s legacy

  1. I like you found out more information after my mother passed than I knew before.

    My mother was pregnant for 6 1/2 months with me plus her water broke a week before I was born, (she was not aware that it had happened) Likely both contributed to me developing CP.

    I wonder now how she felt when I was diagnosed. I suppose relief because they knew what it was. They had gone to many doctors.

    No one knew what it was until one specialist who finally said I know what it is and how to treat it. Wonderful doctor gave me a quality of life I would not have had other wise.

    I do wish you had had the chance to get some treatment when you were younger. It might have helped.

    1. I know that if your mother could Randy, you probably would have known sooner, but you had the support and found out that you had CP; probably earlier than me! I had physiotherapy as a child though, but I’m not sure the physiotherapists even knew what I had or why.

      I am pleased for you that you found a good doctor and got the help you needed.

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