In one of my blogs I talk about comorbidity and how comorbidity works around cerebral palsy and why because I have cerebral palsy I have co-occurring conditions as part of the initial diagnosis. I am proud because in spite of my circumstances, I have been able to piece things together.
Since my initial diagnosis at the age of 46, I’ve had to continue to work through my symptoms to piece my disability together. Before that I had nothing. It feels good to be able to place my cerebral palsy, with difficulties with motor function, balance, movement, co-ordination, muscle tone and leg length difference and know what my diagnosis is.
Autism and Asperger’s are the co-occurring conditions that explain the developmental, emotional, neurological and psychological difficulties side to what I deal with. All my experiences fall into place now, but the difficulty I have is knowing where the overlap is and I need clarity on that.
Although my physical symptoms weren’t ignored, the emotional, neurological and psychological side to my condition were completely ignored. Without my blog, I would not have been able to pursue my need for the truth about my symptoms, my experiences, or my life. I am certain of that.