Cerebral palsy & lifestyle

As a child, and not knowing I had cerebral palsy, I still continued to live with hope that with exercises, my physical disabilities would disappear and that whatever I had would right itself, if I persevered long enough.

How wrong I was. Now as I age, all I can hope for is a better quality of life. In general terms, treatment for cerebral palsy focuses on ways for us to maintain and improve our quality of life, our lifestyle and overall health. I was always aware that I needed to look at my lifestyle, and being born premature meant that would inevitably become an even bigger priority.

A baby who is born full term and who has cerebral palsy may not face the added complications of a baby who is premature and who is born with the condition. But it is important for everyone living with cerebral palsy to look at their lifestyle, so they may improve their quality of life.

Even though I was considered normal, my life was far from normal. Living with cerebral palsy means my central nervous system is affected and although I don’t have difficulties with eating or swallowing, I do have digestive problems, reflux and IBS, made worse because of cerebral palsy, and because I was born prematurely. Those difficulties continually interfere with my lifestyle.

The scary part is not knowing how I will age with the condition and what further complications I will have to deal with, as my brain cells deteriorate. It is also the reason why it’s even more important I concentrate on a healthier lifestyle.

A healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, but particularly for those of us who deal with cerebral palsy, because it is a condition that brings additional complications.

11 Nov, 2014

2 thoughts on “Cerebral palsy & lifestyle

  1. I agree with you; we all need to live a healthy lifestyle, especially people that are having to deal with things like CP, diabetes and others.

    My daughter was born 3 weeks early according to the doctors tests, but according to my dates she was maybe a week early. She had many problems after birth like low blood sugar, too many red blood cells and SVT (supraventricular tachycardia, her heart rate went up to 260).

    Sometimes I wonder if her problems at birth are related to the problems she is having now. She could have had CP easily. She was halfway in the birth canal and I had a C-section. They had to pull her up to get her out, but anyway I digress!

    No matter what we have, we all need to live a healthy lifestyle. Exercise is good for just about any health concern and a healthy diet is almost a must.

    1. Thanks Lisa. All too often things are missed at birth and it’s probably too late for you to find out now. It’s not right or fair, but you may never know now.

      I don’t imagine anyone will disagree with the fact that we all need to live a healthier lifestyle. I’m not sure in reality how many really do. In my own case I’d have chronic health issues by now and would struggle without living a healthier lifestyle.

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