In March 2009, after years of not knowing what was wrong with me, I was finally diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
I needed to know about my disability, a starting point on my journey. Shortly after my diagnosis I went to see a Neurologist who agreed to write to the hospital where I was born, to see if there were any facts or information that would tell me more.
I now know that I had a stroke. I am more than convinced that the stroke happened whilst I was being born. My twin was born 57 minutes before me, she also weighed less than me at birth, which makes it more plausible that I was normal until my birth.
My Neurologist thinks that once my twin had been delivered, blood from the placenta will have started to separate, whilst I was still inside, the blood must have clotted and gone back through the placenta into the brain, causing the stroke to happen. I haven’t received my confirmation letter of our consultation, although I do know that the letter has been sent.
Whatever the outcome, it will be a step closer to knowing about my physical disability. I am more accepting of it, now that I know a little more about it, but will I be able to bring closure, I’m not quite sure.