Author Archives: Zachary Fenell

After not mentioning ABC Speechless since season 1, episode 20 "R-U-N-- RUNAWAY," Zachary takes a moment to revisit the series.

Revisiting ABC Speechless

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ABC Speechless made headlines back in 2016 when the sitcom premiered. Anticipation among the cerebral palsy community especially seemed quite palpable. Anyone needing reminding about the excitement can just read the live CP Twitter chat #CPChatNow recap covering Wednesday, September 21st, 2016, the show’s premiere night! After two seasons inserted at the Wednesday, 8:30pm ET…

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Zachary Fenell tells how he overcame no expectations to fulfill his potential as a marathoner.

Overcoming No Expectations

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Cerebral palsy (CP) too often gets associated with bleak or no expectations. Succeeding the diagnosis, the dreary outlook begins. Doctors warn new moms and dads, “Your son may never talk.” Your daughter could never walk.” The no expectations precedent starts. Said pattern consequently causes a harmful impact. Yes, admittedly receiving no expectations offers a few…

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Zachary reviews A Walk for Sunshine by Jeff Alt

Book Review: A Walk for Sunshine by Jeff Alt

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A perk to running your own blog entails receiving the occasional complimentary item to review. Recently I received such an item from Beaufort Books. In exchange for an honest review the company sent me a 20th anniversary edition of A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail by Jeff…

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This advice from Chris Hendricks will help you handle negative feedback.

Negative Feedback: Understanding the Real Message

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Living with a disability like cerebral palsy you will probably endure some gloomy comments hurled your way. This negative feedback can vary in nature. Innocent remarks such as receiving an “I’m sorry” once a stranger learns about your CP. Although seemingly kind, the apology represents pity. An inference a disabled life remains a pitiful one.…

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In this post Zachary discusses finding hope during dire times.

Finding Hope in the Worst Situation

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Doom. Frustration. Depression. All sentiments you might experience when you encounter horrible events, perhaps the worst situation. I am talking moments where finding hope appears a worthless endeavor. An impossible feat! Relax. Inhale and exhale. Know your negative emotions prove natural. After all, these stand dire times. Possibly, your child just received the cerebral palsy…

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The CP Vigilante Zachary Fenell names the injustices cerebral palsy misconceptions cause.

Injustices Caused By Cerebral Palsy Misconceptions

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Fighting injustices sounds admirable. Just view injustice’s definition, “the condition or practice of being unjust or unfair.” Or, at least that remains the meaning Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition gives. Other dictionaries utilize alternative wordings to define the term. Avoid losing yourself to such specifics though! Instead highlight the commonality among…

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Selecting Road Racing Events: A Beginner’s Guide

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Ignore your inner critic. Get active. You belong! Do those sentiments sound familiar? Basically they summarize my encouraging words to you the past few years while I praised road racing. To clarify road racing meaning distance events like 5ks and such. I want to evade any confusion with racing motorized vehicles. Although I am pretty…

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GDPR Compliant- What You Need to Know!

GDPR Compliant- Vigilante Justice From Within the System

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Thanks to new European law entering effect today, Friday, May 25th, 2018, privacy policy stands a spotlighted topic. You probably noticed the seemingly endless “Privacy Policy Updates” emails overtaking your inbox. All this stems from efforts to remain GDPR compliant. GDPR abbreviates General Data Protection Regulation. With that explained, various potential thoughts could occupy your…

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Reflection Time! Self-Reflecting Questions to Ask On Your Birthday

Reflection Time! Self-Reflecting Questions to Ask On Your Birthday

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Birthdays offer opportunities to gather alongside loved ones and celebrate. Yet that merely represents the beginning. You can make your birthday more significant. Adopting the correct mindset your birthdate will come to mean reflection time. Reflection time! You know, an occasion to reflect back on recent successes and failures. Gather lessons learned from said experiences…

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Understanding Disability: Taking an Unlikely Approach

Understanding Disability: Taking an Unlikely Approach

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Living with cerebral palsy you inevitably grow frustrated on occasion. Frustration unnecessarily related directly to the condition’s impairments. Rather people’s actions trigger your aggravation. Too many individuals not understanding disability! Whether involving a family member, friend, teacher, co-worker, even stranger surely you can recall a moment where the subsequent words crossed your mind. “But you…

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