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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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An Older Brother's Wisdom by Zachary Fenell

An Older Brother’s Wisdom

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Warning, the following post may cause some sibling rivalry to flare up.  Already I imagine younger brothers and sisters ready to protest the title. “An older brother’s wisdom?” they read in a questionable tone.  “Blasphemy!” they decree before dismissing the read. WAIT! Please entertain me for a few more minutes. You stayed?! Thank you. I…

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Discover the Truth Behind Your Awkward Moments!

Discover the Truth Behind Your Awkward Moments!

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Awkward moments, everyone encounters them. For people with cerebral palsy that remains especially true. Walking differently or using a mobility device seems to attract the awkwardness. Strangers make oddball remarks or behave peculiarly. Those while awkward moments, I do not plan to focus on today. Instead I wish to address another kind. This post will…

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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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What Can You Expect From the Off Balanced Memoir?

What Can You Expect from the Off Balanced Epilogue?

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“Now with a 10-year high school reunion epilogue!” You will find those words on my cerebral palsy (CP) memoir’s cover. Today I will tell you what to expect from the Off Balanced epilogue. Why Write the Off Balanced Epilogue? Before I discuss what to expect, let me spotlight why. Off Balanced documents my emotional journey…

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This last minute gift idea is great because it eliminates last minute hassles!

Great Last Minute Gift Idea!

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Last minute gift shopping proves such a hassle! Finding a parking spot remains like finding an open chair when playing musical chairs. Then once inside the store, your gift options end up limited to what everyone else didn’t want. After that you get to stand in a long line waiting to purchase those second rate…

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What are our similarities and differences?

If You Know One Person with Cerebral Palsy…

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Spend enough time in the cerebral palsy (CP) community and you will come to learn and maybe even actually hear the phrase. “If you know one person with cerebral palsy, then you know ONE person with cerebral palsy.” Admittedly the CP community does not hold exclusivity over that lesson. Personally I heard the same principle…

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Words #CPChatNow uses to describe our Twitter chat

#CPChatNow Recap- 05-13-2015

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The community known as the live cerebral palsy Twitter chat #CPChatNow enjoyed engaging conversation Wednesday, May 13th. We discussed various topics, starting with whether a correlation exists between cerebral palsy and high blood pressure. Another subject brought up dealt with asking for help and if that makes you feel defeated. As you will notice the…

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What makes you awesome?

Overcome Self-Doubt: Find Your Awesomeness

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Overcome self-doubt and build self-confidence by embracing your awesomeness. You do know about your awesomeness, right? When I say “awesomeness,” I’m referencing all the reasons which justify your self-confidence. All the reasons your employer lucked out by hiring you. All the reasons your significant other loves you. All the reasons you stand on top the…

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