Nine years after my initial cerebral palsy diagnosis at the age of forty-six, I am still putting pieces of the jigsaw together.
Thankfully, I now have a better understanding of my diagnosis. I have mild cerebral palsy hemiparesis (left side) caused by a bleed on the brain before I was born. That ties in with my mum’s understanding of my birth being difficult.
Mild cerebral palsy hemiparesis is a weakness in one side of the body. It inhibits growth and development, impairing the muscle and nerves controlling movement that presents as mechanical symptoms, and results in difficulty with walking, balance and motor control, little to no strength in the arm and leg, and leg length difference.
I have learned that as a result of cerebral palsy I also have comorbidity, which is the presence of one or more disorders co-occurring with a primary disorder, that in my case, forms part of the cerebral palsy diagnosis.
My psychological, neurological and emotional difficulties are as a result of additional brain impairments, arising through comorbidity, in the form of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), although it is difficult to know how much of that is ASD-related.