What is Cerebral Palsy?
One of the first questions people ask when they meet me is, “Why are you in a wheelchair?” Just saying that I have cerebral palsy seems to confuse a lot of people… Cerebral palsy occurs when the brain has been starved of oxygen or it has not developed properly due to blocked blood vessels. There are several causes of cerebral palsy, one being problems during pregnancy such as premature birth or illness. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure.
Types of Cerebral Palsy differ from person to person. It’s very rare that any two cases are the same, despite there being potential similarities. In my case, it affects balance.
I realise how lucky I am to have the level of mobility that I do. Growing up as I did, I saw and helped care for a lot of really ill children and it made me appreciate life so much more. I will always remember one little girl, Teri-Ann, who throughout her life always had a smile on her face no matter what she had to battle. I miss her so very much and she will always remain in my heart. I believe it’s important to help raise awareness of the condition in all its forms, and SCOPE offer advice concerning this.