What is today? It’s the first day of October, yes. But today is also World Cerebral Palsy Day. Many of you know that I have Cerebral Palsy so I wanted to take a minute to acknowledge and bring awareness. According to World CP Day’s website,
"World CP Day is a global innovation project to change the world for people living with cerebral palsy and their families. It is designed to gather ideas from people around the world and make the best of those ideas a reality."
If you have a minute, check out their website: worldcpday.org. It explains what they do in more detail. People can submit ideas for making the lives of those affected by CP easier. The best ideas are funded.
But this day is not just one of ideas, it’s also one of awareness. The sad thing about Cerebral Palsy is that THERE IS NO CURE and those with CP are often misunderstood. Depending on the severity of a person’s CP they may be wheelchair-bound, use a walker, walk in a different way, or have speech impediments, among other symptoms. But this doesn’t always mean they can’t understand what’s going on around them or think for themselves. Yes, CP is often correlated with mental deficiencies but that is not always the case. Many times, people with CP are as just as smart as you, but they’re essentially trapped in a body that doesn’t work how it should.
According to World CP Day:
"There are 17 million people across the world living with cerebral palsy (CP). Another 350 million people are closely connected to a child or adult with CP. It is the most common physical disability in childhood."
That’s a lot of people. And to me it seems like that means this country, and this world, should be making a bigger effort to better understand CP. I learn new things all the time about growing older with CP, based on my own symptoms. There is not a guidebook to follow because every case of CP is so different and there is not a lot of research out there about adults with CP.
So today, this is how I’m bringing awareness to a condition that is a part of me. Perhaps you know someone with CP ( hey, if you’re reading this you might know me. ;) ) or you just want to make a difference and help. I encourage you to check out the World CP Day website and to, today, think and pray about someone you love with Cerebral Palsy.