Generally, I am a positive person and deal with my day-to-day problems with fortitude and positivity, but when I’ m around people who are negative, I begin to feel negative about my Cerebral Palsy, not necessarily me, then I have to build myself back up again.
There is information out there about emotions and personal health. Having Cerebral Palsy doesn’t help. I believe emotions do play a big part in whether we stay well or not. Emotional health affects the immune system putting the extra pressure on our bodies. Putting the body back into a good emotional state is therefore very important.
This is where the term dis-ease comes from. It means not being at ease with one-self. I saw that with my mum who emotionally didn’t cope well and at the age of just 68 years of age she died of Lung cancer. She had never been to see a doctor, was never ill, didn’t smoke, but did carry emotional stress, too much I feel.
For people like myself living with Cerebral Palsy not only have Cerebral Palsy and its effects to deal with, but sometimes other people’s inabilities to understand our symptoms. Some people I have spoken to have never heard of such a condition.
Throughout my childhood I lived with a lot of negativity around me because of my condition, but now I am choosing change. I don’t believe we need to stay where we are. We all have choices we can make different ones, should we choose to do so.