Book Review: I Made It By Juana M. Ortiz

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“I made it.” You can read those words different ways. One perspective relieves. Relief you survived an ordeal. Alternatively the words can represent a rally cry. Victory remains yours! You triumphed. You thrived. The latter stands the appropriate way to perceive Juana M. Ortiz’s memoir title, I Made It. For Ortiz she triumphed in multiple…

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Zach Gowen Wows American Ninja Warrior

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June 13th, 2016 NBC aired amputee Zach Gowen’s run on American Ninja Warrior. Gowen wowed everyone as he took on the course. Just watch! After watching you might think. “Great job Zach Gowen! But Zachary, what does this have to do with cerebral palsy?” Fair question you. My analysis reveals three lessons that transcend amputees.…

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Author and advocate Zachary Fenell asks, "How can you make the world more accessible?"

How Can You Make the World More Accessible?

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Accessibility issues haunt the disability community. The vast range in barriers remains most terrifying. Just think. What does accessible even mean? As someone with cerebral palsy I initially think physical. I am talking stairs without handrails. Or, embarking on the balance obstacle course called rough terrain. Such concerns pale in comparison to issues more severe…

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Failing Down but Sitting Back Up

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Failure and cerebral palsy correspond. For example, consider the developmental milestone walking. Most kids walk by one-and-a-half years old, according to Parenting. I first walked at three years old. That means I endured an extra year-and-a-half failing to walk. Many with cerebral palsy never walk. However, I am not here to dwell on failing. Rather…

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Five Reasons You Should Read Rock Realities

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Possess no fear! I am not losing my cerebral palsy focus. Although I see how the title can suggest otherwise. Rather when I say “you,” I am saying “you with CP.” Yes! You will find cerebral palsy connections in my e-book Rock Realities. Said connections will trigger empathy. Plus maybe inspire! All this thanks to…

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Read to learn why I recommend ICYHOT for cerebral palsy pain relief.

Product Recommendation: ICYHOT for Pain Relief

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Living with cerebral palsy will leave you seeking pain relief. The pain’s severity varies based on each case. For example, take my Handicap This colleague Mike Berkson. His pain unfortunately remains constant. So the product I am recommending today would not work for him. Rather today’s recommendation provides pain relief for minor pains. Instances where…

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11 tips for making friends despite your cerebral palsy!

11 Tips for Making Friends Despite Your Cerebral Palsy

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Friendship enhances life. Although before enjoying any enrichment, you must undergo a traditional welcoming ritual. Said ritual you know as making friends. Making friends can prove intimidating for anyone. Add cerebral palsy to the process and suddenly the intimidation escalates. First comes any accessibility issues. For example, I love baseball. However, maneuvering around a ballpark…

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Overcome negative self-talk using the five questions discussed in this blog post.

Overcome Negative Self-Talk with These Five Questions!

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Too frequently cerebral palsy causes negative self-talk. Said negativity better brace for a battle though! After all I am here to hone you into a positivity force. By post’s end you will possess the means required to overcome negative self-talk. Perhaps the biggest challenge to positivity comes with the how. You know you should stay…

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I explain the three Cs that outmatched and neutralized my cerebral palsy, allowing me to improve my 5k time by almost five minutes!

How I Improved My 5k Time By Almost Five Minutes!

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Four minutes and 52.5 seconds equates to inconsequential or impressive, depending on context. If you spend four minutes and 52.5 seconds waiting for a friend, you will likely deem that inconsequential. Meanwhile improving your 5k time by four minutes and 52.5 seconds impresses. A feat I recently achieved! To catch everyone up, last August I…

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