Dance

Dancing is an excellent form of exercise and brings lots of other surprising health benefits, too.

When we dance, we expend more than 300 calories every half-hour, according to a report from the University of Brighton in the UK. That meets or exceeds the amount of energy we burn during …

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21 May, 2018

My ‘secret’ disability

There is no doubt in my mind that I would still be struggling to understand or talk about my experiences if I hadn’t started The CP Diary. The CP Diary is a place I come to, so I can talk about my experiences.

I liken my experiences to someone who is finally able to walk free for the first time, having been kept in the dark for 46 years. I think it remarkable that I’m choosing to see my life as positive …

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20 May, 2018

Fights affecting children

It is common for parents to argue. Parents don’t always agree on everything and that is accepted. But what happens when parents continually fight, bicker, or even try to point score?

Having been there myself, it’s almost too painful to watch, but what parents don’t seem to understand that for each fight, for each crossed word, for all of their point scoring, it’s the children …

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19 May, 2018

The CP Diary is 8 today

The 17th May 2010 is when it all began. What started as an inspirational tool for me to vent, has turned into so much more. It continues to be a source of daily strength for me. My website is a way for me to put my experiences into order, ticking a box for each experience, because that allows for clarity where I had none.

It is also a place where I can understand my experiences in their entirety, allowing myself to move into a more positive head space after years of negativity around a disability I didn’t know …

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17 May, 2018

Working on myself

There is no getting away from the fact that I have to continually work back to try to understand how I present through the neurological impairments I was born with. I lived in a world of my own for so many years, so that I could work on myself to try to make sense of my symptoms and so I could understand how I presented.

When it comes to disability, it is not only important for us to understand ourselves, but for others to understand us, so that they will come in with a more empathetic stance on what we deal …

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16 May, 2018

Confronting those who abuse

Abuse is abuse, whichever form it takes, but no matter how it presents, it has become so common place, we don’t even think or see it as abuse. But unless we’re speaking with compassion, empathy and understanding, everything else is abuse.

Sadly, we would rather walk on egg-shells and tip-toe around people, than confront those who abuse. We have our reasons, but what we must do, is inform those who abuse us that we’re …

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15 May, 2018

My school exams

Certain experiences trigger certain issues for me. My writing, together with my memories have shaped who I have become, so it’s not all bad.

There is no doubt in my mind that my father was a perfectionist. He had high expectations, his demeanour was testament to that. As children we learn and come to know many things about …

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13 May, 2018

As in life, in death

I always like to bring meaning to my writing, by finding explanations about different things in life. Sadly, when we talk about death it strikes the fear of god into us and into our hearts.

As a child I found the concept of death scary because nothing was ever explained and I was hidden from it, but as my spiritual beliefs began to blossom, understanding death didn’t seem so scary …

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12 May, 2018
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