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.’