This week is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week, with tomorrow being World CP Day. I’ll be live on Twitter between 1-2pm GMT to answer your questions about cerebral palsy, my life living with the condition and about my memoir, “Does it wet the bed?”. But in the meantime, here’s why I love having Cerebral Palsy. . .
I get to drive without a licence
I’ve failed my actual driving test SEVEN times! But I don’t really mind as I still get to speed around in my Spectra XTR2 wheelchair and go anywhere that I want to go. Who needs a car?!
I get free botox injections
But not for cosmetic reasons! Botox can be used to help tight and stiff muscles which is a symptom of cerebral palsy. I had it to relieve tightness in my arm and it was really effective, giving me back the full use of my arm.
Watching people’s reactions as I get out of my wheelchair and start walking
One of the major misconceptions I come across is that people who use wheelchairs can’t walk. I love watching the surprise and sometimes apprehension on people’s faces when I suddenly get out of my wheelchair! After a few seconds of watching their reaction, I reassure them that I’m absolutely fine!
Not having to queue at theme parks
Probably my favourite reason! I’m a real dare devil, the bigger the ride, the happier I am and not having to queue is certainly a good perk to having a disability!
Being able to disguise when I’m tipsy
My cerebral palsy causes me to tremble quite a bit but when I have a few drinks, it calms my spasms and makes my speech much clearer! Nobody can tell when I’m a bit worse for wear!