What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. Signs and symptoms vary among people and over time. It is the most common motor disability in childhood.
Often, symptoms include poor coordination, stiff muscles, weak muscles, and tremors. There may be problems with sensation, vision, hearing, swallowing, and speaking.
Read more about why awareness is so important.
A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” –Christopher Reeve
Tap tap tap tap with each letter I press on the keyboard becomes me telling my story of 24 years of life experiences from my point of view.
Over the years I get asked this question – what made you decide to want to write about your Spastic Cerebral palsy?
I write about my Cerebral Palsy because I want to bring awareness to the positive side of having the condition, but I also want to bring awareness to the raw truth about Cerebral Palsy.
In all seriousness, I write about my condition to end the stigmas about Cerebral Palsy and the condition itself. One of the stigmas I strongly dislike is that people with Cerebral Palsy can’t live an average life and are not able to get jobs or to go to college.
That’s why I write about my life whether it be through my blogs, books or poetry. I always find a way to bring awareness to a condition that is often thrown under the rug although 17 million people have Cerebral Palsy, unfortunately.
Cerebral Palsy isn’t spoken about much as a writer and as a person who speaks out on the deep topic, I feel that it’s important for others to get educated about disabilities and the stereotypes we have to face on a day to day basis in our society.
When I write about my condition it makes feel as if I could express myself without having to be cautious about the situation and how people perceive me, since I sometimes mispronounce words and stutter at times when I am talking. With writing, I don’t have to worry about being judged about my Cerebral Palsy or the way I stumble with some of my words. I can just be myself and my message comes across clearly and I gain the confidence I need to continue stomping on Cerebral Palsy
When I am writing it feels like I have the whole world in my hands and for a split second, I forget I have Cerebral Palsy. I use writing as a way to cope when I’m feeling down about my CP. I just open my laptop and start writing from my heart about whenever it is I’m going through, and I’m reminded that I will be okay and I have to keep on pushing through.
About The Author
Tylia Flores is a 24-year-old born with cerebral palsy. Although her condition has affected her mobility, it has never affected her will and determination to make a difference in the world. Through her many life challenges and obstacles, she discovered her passion for writing. Tylia’s goal in life is to share her stories with the world.