Author Archives: Zachary Fenell

Asking Someone Out: Forget Your Critics!

Asking Someone Out: Forget Your Critics!

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Like a drummer who accidentally skips a refrain, your heart winds up off beat. Vocally you open your mouth to a sound which causes puberty flashbacks.  All this plus the worst case scenario repeatedly shows on the movie projector called your mind. Asking someone out can sure leave you a wreck! Do you want to…

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Prove you wrong!

Prove You Wrong!

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Proving yourself seems a part to living with cerebral palsy. Expectations riddled with the word “cannot.” Sometimes you must fight just to receive the opportunity to show otherwise. To prove you wrong! The “you” encompasses those denying you opportunities. Truthfully, often one such denier goes overlooked. Go find a mirror. Yes. I am talking about…

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Make Diversity an Asset: Embracing Differences

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Your diversity may leave you facing inner doubt. Diversity meaning whatever attributes leaves you sticking out in a crowd. The element forces you to stand out, hence the internal voice whispering questions. “What might others think?” “Will I feel accepted?” Relentlessly the self-imposed inquiry rages on. Stop the interrogation! Easily said, right? Trust me, I…

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Turning Your Cerebral Palsy Role Model into a Mentor

Turning Your Cerebral Palsy Role Model into a Mentor

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Recognizing valuableness and obtaining said value can prove frustrating. To demonstrate, previously I described needing role models with cerebral palsy. Amidst I outline their importance. Although I never used the word “mentor,” along the way I transitioned to discussing mentors. Before continuing, perhaps I should distinguish between the two roles. After all you might wonder…

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Developing a Winning Mindset

Developing a Winning Mindset

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Imagine a boxer relentlessly punching you. No official around to stop the fight. Such analogy effectively describes how last place may impact self-confidence. Notice a keyword there though, “may.” By developing a winning mindset you empower yourself to change the scene. Prepare to go on the metaphorical attack! “Whatever” you might say while reading. “This…

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Needing Role Models with Cerebral Palsy

Needing Role Models with Cerebral Palsy

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Recently funny man Zach Anner guest starred on ABC’s sitcom Speechless. Naturally you expect his appearance to leave viewers laughing. Although that proved the case, he left an additional impact too. Or so I think. Beyond providing laughs, Zach Anner’s role emphasized the need for role models with cerebral palsy. WARNING: Minimal spoilers to Speechless…

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Zachary Fenell provides three more self-reflection questions to ask yourself on your birthday.

Three More Self-Reflection Questions to Ask On Your Birthday

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Cake, friends, and family indicate birthday time! Before embarking on these festivities though, consider first answering some self-reflection questions. Previously I suggested you answer the following five questions on your birthday. What stands out? What did you accomplish? What went right? What went wrong? How can you move forward better in the next year? Today…

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After talking up the AXSChat community a lot,Zachary Fenell takes time to write a formal testimonial for the community.

AXSChat Testimonial

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To educate and dispel cerebral palsy misconceptions in a fun, engaging way. That remains my website’s mission statement. Successful fulfillment relies on remembering there will always remain more to learn. Lately I am turning to the AXSChat community to obtain said knowledge. The AXSChat mention probably comes as no surprise to those who follow me…

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Finding Disability Equality in Sports

Finding Disability Equality in Sports

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Picture the audience at a sold out sporting event. Now imagine an inclusive crowd. Did the image in your head change? Yes? That right there demonstrates how sports effectively create disability equality. Given I need to point out the disability says a lot. When you pan across sports spectators you see one group. Fans! Anyone…

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Cerebral Palsy Worst Case Scenario: Lessons to Learn

Cerebral Palsy Worst Case Scenario: Lessons to Learn

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With the right perspective you can take from any worst case scenario. Learn life lessons beneficial to your personal growth. Please note I said “any.” So that encompasses a cerebral palsy worst case scenarios Admittedly defining cerebral palsy worst case scenarios may seem debatable. Given the condition’s wide spectrum, many factors deserve consideration. However I…

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