No one can be sure of the long-term effects of Cerebral Palsy, which is one of the reasons I constantly journal about health and well-being issues around Cerebral Palsy, so that we are able to stay well, whilst living with the condition.
Obviously none of us know what our lives will be in 10, 15 or 20 years, but living with Cerebral Palsy and not knowing, apart from what we already know about the links between arthritis, Osteoporosis and Cerebral Palsy can be scary.
I am sure there are other conditions that have a life expectancy attached. The life expectancy of anyone with Cerebral Palsy depends on the severity of the condition. There are many components to a diagnosis. It would be unfair to quote facts and figures, because each case is different and other factors need to be taken into consideration independently.
Having done a little research on premature births and Cerebral Palsy combined. there are websites that highlight problems of premature births and Cerebral Palsy. Organs are more likely to age quicker and will have to work harder, than those who don’t have the condition and who aren’t born prematurely.
Will that be a problem in the long term?
All we can do is hope that it won’t, but there are no concrete answers. There is still, however, ignorance out there because there is little, or no information on Cerebral Palsy, particularly for adults going through the ageing process.
I would like to see more research into adult Cerebral Palsy and the ageing process and Specialists who deal with adults who have the condition, but past 18 we’re literally on our own.
I hope that in our lifetime those with Cerebral Palsy will see research into the condition, but I’ve been told by a Neurologist we won’t.