Cerebral Palsy like other conditions, can be the catalyst for so many other problems brought about by stress, relating to negative feelings associated with self-worth and what we deal with. It doesn’t have to be cerebral palsy that’s just my story. It could be Bipolar or MS. Any condition that emotionally changes the way we feel about what we deal with and how we deal with it.
Stress comes from having to deal with a condition with little or no support, or just having to deal with it. Physically our bodies change, but potentially it could be because we look different that we emotionally don’t fit the mold, as society dictates we should. Society looks for perfection.
We see beautiful models, good looking people in the media, in beauty magazines, in our less than perfect world. We take what we see and then compare what we see, with what we have and see only negative perceptions of ourselves. We see distorted angles on our less than perfect bodies as we begin to find fault and that’s when stress creeps in.
Society must accept people, disabilities and highlight disabilities without a stigma, so that we embrace those qualities. Only then will we start to see a change in society. Spiritual growth is too important to ignore, but it’s simply never addressed.
It’s not okay to see someone struggle emotionally and physically without asking whether they need help and it’s okay to be different. It is time to accept the fact that we are all different. We may all look different on the outside, but on the inside we’re all the same.