A letter to my Cerebral Palsy

When we deal with a physical problem, it’s important we learn to embrace and accept our physical limitations, so that we’re okay with them. As a form of acceptance, I thought I would write a letter to my cerebral palsy. This is how it went.

Thank you, Cerebral Palsy, for keeping me grounded, allowing me to understand and learn values of courage, compassion and perseverance through having to deal with you. Having you with me has shown me a different and better way to be. You have given me a much deeper understanding and meaning to many of my physical experiences.

I don’t consider you as a disability, neither do I consider myself disabled. Cerebral Palsy doesn’t define me, instead I have chosen to adapt. I cannot live my life with you, without adapting to living with you. I have learned over the years to work alongside you and will always stick up for you when I need to. The day I was born, you and I became victims of circumstance. It’s not something we asked for, but something we got.

I think it’s important others understand you and how your symptoms manifest themselves in me and what I have to deal with. Although the two go together, there needs to be more understanding for us, from other people. Unfortunately, there is a lot of ignorance around you and therefore the ignorance is around me too, which makes my life difficult and which others don’t always seem to appreciate.

As we continue to journey through life together, I choose to embrace my life with you. I know that from a stroke at birth, we were saddled together. Thank you for teaching me how to physically and emotionally live one day at a time.

Although it took time for me to make the connections with you and to know what you were, I always knew deep down we were somehow closely connected and now that I know, I think it’s okay.’

13 Nov, 2016

4 thoughts on “A letter to my Cerebral Palsy

  1. Thank you for writing this letter. Your letter reaffirms the positivity that is a golden thread running through your blogs and shows us a better way to be.

    1. Thank you. I’ve been through too much that would have ground me down had I not began to see everything in a more positive light.

      I’m genuinely pleased my blogs have an impact on your own life and are showing you a different way to be. The foundations are there, it’s up to you now to put what you read into practice.

  2. Wow, I’m speechless. You leave no doubt that you’re sincere in your craft, the way you think. I’m always waiting for your next blog, your solo moments when you tell us what’s really in your heart.

    You resonate clearly with all of us.

    1. Awww thanks Tim. Yes I surprise myself with my words sometimes! But with my blog, I have found a voice deep inside that I never thought or knew I had.

      For the first time since I was a child, my blogs have brought about an understanding, allowing me to speak my truth about my experiences and my life and that’s important to me.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Pre-order my new book

Many thanks
Ilana x