I woke up this morning with a memory of my mum asking me to do my usual exercises.
That would have been fine, but had my parents understood what they were asking me to do, they would have known the exercises I was doing wouldn’t have helped in the way they said they would. I grew up with the words: ‘you can’t have a pretty face without a pretty leg,’ ringing in my ears and that was her reasoning for my exercising.
Cerebral Palsy isn’t something you can correct, it never gets better, but with exercise it can keep joints supple and us moving. I wish my parents had have given straight answers to my many questions. My many questions went unanswered. Not knowing until much later on, meant there was no reasoning behind anything I did in my childhood as far as Cerebral Palsy was concerned.
When I understand and there is logic in what I need to deal with, I am usually happy to conform. Because what was implied didn’t make sense to me, I was reluctant to do as I was told. None of the exercises I have done over the years have changed the way I look with Cerebral Palsy.
For many years, my mum implied that with exercise things would change. I think my reluctance came about, because deep down I knew that wasn’t true. Over the years it’s something I’ve had to come to terms with.
With Cerebral Palsy we cannot change the way we look. The condition is permanent, but with continued exercise we can make sure we stay supple and mobile.