A letter to my CP

13 Nov 2016

When we deal with anything on a physical level it’s important we learn to embrace and accept our physical limitations, so that we can become friends. If I were to write a letter to my Cerebral Palsy, this is how it would go.

‘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, so that’s not all bad. Having you with me has shown me a different and better way to be. You have given me a much deeper meaning and understanding to many of my physical experiences.

I don’t consider you as a disability, neither do I consider myself disabled. 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. 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 both of us, from other people and that doesn’t always happen. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of ignorance around you and therefore the ignorance is around me too; which others don’t seem to appreciate.

As we continue to journey through life together, I choose to embrace my life with you. From an accident at birth, we were saddled together. Thank you for teaching me how to physically live one day at a time.

Although I have only recently made the connection with you, I always knew deep down we were somehow closely related and now that I know, I think it’s okay.’

4 Responses to “A letter to my CP”

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  1. Brad 13. Nov, 2016 at 7:55 pm #

    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.

    • Ilana 13. Nov, 2016 at 8:02 pm #

      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. Tim 14. Nov, 2016 at 6:42 pm #

    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.

    • Ilana 14. Nov, 2016 at 7:09 pm #

      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.

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