Today we get to meet Angela! I’m so excited to have her here. Angela had commented on one of the previous posts and explained that she had CP. I immediately asked her if she wanted to take part. I thought it would be great to hear from an adult with CP. Angela has a blog, so be sure to check it out! I actually recruited some friends for this. I wasn’t exactly STUMPED as to what I should ask her, but I wanted to know what OTHER people would ask her. As usual, questions will be bold, Angela’s answers italics and mine bold italics.
Cerebral Palsy Awareness Post 9
March 20, 2011 By 6 Comments
Tell me about yourself. (hobbies, interests, etc)
My name is Angela and I am 26 years old, will be 27 in July. I am a nanny for Special Needs kids. I love music and reading. Oh and I have CP.
What type of CP do you have?
deplegic CP with Spasticity (did I even spell that right?? Just cause I haven’t doesn’t mean I know how to spell it lol) (LOL usually all I’ve run into is ‘spastic diplegia’ but how you put it still makes sense!)
Did you have any surgeries when you were younger?
I had a tendon lengthening surgery when I was six in both legs when I was six in both legs.
Were you ever teased or bullied as a child?
Sadly yes, kids would always make fun of me because I walked funny.
What are some misconceptions you run into?
That I am stupid…I get that one a lot.
All of the parents that I featured this week, all had something in common, we’d like to see our children walk at some point. Do you have any goals/dreams/etc?
Can I just tell everyone to keep that dream…I walk! Your kids can too! I have lots of dreams, I just have to work a little harder to make them happen, currently I am going back to school in May to get a business management degree.
Would you rather people ask you questions about your disability or do you prefer having people mind their own business?
I love when peolple ask me about my disability, its much better than being stared at like you are some side show. (I think that the majority of the parents- if not all of us feel the same way… Ask questions!))
If they feel discriminated against or had trouble at work.
I have met my share of assholes (can I say that on here Cheryl? sorry) (yes, you can say that. I’ve said a lot worse before!) I have not been hired because of my disability, no they don’t come right out and say that is the reason, but again I am not dumb.
Do you depend on any equiptment now?
Currently I wear a brace on my left foot and ankle. I get new AFO’s on both legs in the coming months. I have hand splints I wear sometimes at night, I also get botox injections.
What were some of the obstacles they were told they would never over come and did.
My parents never told me what doctors said what I could and wouldn’t do. They were firm believers in that I would do what I needed to do when I was ready.
Why there isn’t more information out there about the condition, for others to understand what they must do through on a daily basis.
I don’t really know how to answer this question. I think it is a condition that is hard for people to understand unless they live with it or take care of someone with it.
What is ONE thing you wish everyone knew about CP?
That it is a disability it does not define a person!
How they think you should explain CP to children without it.
This is a hard one, the way I have described it to my neice is that my muscles work really hard so they get tired easily so my braces help me walk.
Don’t forget to check out Angela’s blog! I’m so happy to have “met” her, maybe she’ll motivate Jillian to wear her AFO’s next Friday.