It’s easier if we don’t have to deal with it, therefore she can’t know. That was my life, not knowing I had Cerebral Palsy for 46 years.
As I began to grow and my struggles became more obvious, they were brushed under the carpet as if they didn’t exist. I struggled in school; struggled to concentrate and struggled to learn. More importantly my parents and teachers failed to understand and deal with my problems.
When my mother constantly commented that I was falling behind with work in school, my father would tell her I would catch up, but nothing was ever done to find out why I was falling behind. When my sister was doing homework and I had already given up, I was constantly being asked why I wasn’t doing work.
The truth is I struggled to understand or make headway with homework and that coupled with a lack of concentration made it virtually impossible to make any progress, with my education at that time. I was constantly being labelled for not sticking at anything. As keen as anyone is to point out others’ flaws, perhaps others should make their way to understand our problems instead.
I will go into more detail at what my cognitive impairments are and how those play out in my daily life in another blog. I’d like to dedicate this blog to those like me who also struggle with brain damage.