Examing my 5k experiences I spotted a common theme. You belong!

You Belong! No Matter Your Cerebral Palsy

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Understand you belong. No matter your cerebral palsy, you belong! Unfortunately, your own self-talk could try to convince you differently. Today’s post aims to equip you to overcome said negativity. By the end you will not need me saying “You belong.” Instead you will stand tall as possible, ready to declare “I BELONG!” Trust me,…

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Five tips to help you stay safe while expanding cerebral palsy limits.

Stay Safe While Expanding Your Cerebral Palsy Limits

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Dare to expand your physical limitations, but stay safe while doing so. Admittedly, these two concepts seem at odds with each other. Within your physical limits comes inherit safety. Trying to expand those limits leaves you vulnerable. Especially when you must add in cerebral palsy! Just contemplate what expanding physical limitations entail. You push yourself…

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Friendship is Overpowering Cerebral Palsy

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Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 people across the web celebrated friendship using the hashtag “#FriendshipIs.” National Inclusion Project promoted the “friendship is” initiative. As explained in-part on their website, “Making friends is often the fastest way for a child to be included. With friends, we have a companion who is there with us to play, grow…

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Brothers Bond Despite Cerebral Palsy

Brothers Bond Despite Cerebral Palsy

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Sisters or brothers bond uniquely. Indeed siblings share an extraordinary relationship. You may not always get along. Yet when needed, you come together. Varying factors shape each sisters or brothers bond. A cerebral palsy diagnosis proves one possible factor. Does the extra attention CP demand create jealously? Might doctor appointments or therapy sessions cause scheduling…

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Production Recommendation: Treat Overlapping Toes with Pedifix’s Visco-GEL Toe Spacers

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Overlapping toes I recall dealing with forever. Okay, forever sounds dramatic. Yet I cannot say I am exaggerating. I battled the issue since I can remember. Legit! Growing up my physical therapist worked to relieve my overlapping toes. During sessions she instructed me to separate my toes. Additionally I wore toe separators throughout the day.…

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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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