7 Facts You Need To Know About Cerebral Palsy

5. The weather affects muscle tone like nothing else.

I was raised in Michigan and now go to school in Boston —

I am used to the cold. That being said, my body has never really gotten used to the cold. During the summers, my muscles are always looser than in the winter. In the winter, when outside, my body doesn’t want to move. No matter how hard I try to get my body to listen to my brain, it just doesn’t. The first ten minutes I am out in the cold is the worst: my muscles are in a constant state of spasming, making me unable to move. If that sounds annoying, it’s because it is.

6.Those with CP, who are lucky enough to be able to walk, fall A LOT. Just ignore it.

I fall all the time. It’s just how it is. The majority of the time, I am fine. My friends and family know this, so I tell them to just ignore it, keep going, and I’ll eventually catch up. I know this may seem terrible to some, but I’m used to falling. If I really needed help, I could call out to someone. Otherwise, what’s the point of halting everyone else? Plus, at this point in my life, it’s more embarrassing if someone stops and asks if you are okay than just getting up and pretending it didn’t happen.

7. Just because some of us can’t walk or talk, doesn’t mean we aren’t like everybody else.

Yes, I know how cliché this sounds, but it’s true. I can’t speak for everyone, I guess, but I know from my experiences that I don’t want to be, nor do I expect to be, treated any differently because I’m disabled. People with CP are people, just like everyone else. We want to be included in things just like “normal” people are. We have hobbies, likes and dislikes. Don’t underestimate us because some of us don’t look or sound like you.

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