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Well, it’s March!

And that means it’s Cerebral Palsy awareness month. I’m going to start featuring bloggers for the next week or so that have a child with Cerebral Palsy. I know for me, I always like hearing stories from other families. It gives me strength and courage to keep pushing through.

Did you know: (from: Resource 4 Cerebral Palsy)

  • Cerebral Palsy is usually not diagnosed until a child is two to three years of age.
  • Lack of oxygen to the fetus is only responsible for a minority of cerebral palsy cases.
  • Some of the known causes of cerebral palsy are: infections during pregnancy, a lack of oxygen reaching the fetus, premature birth, birth asphyxia, blodd disease, severe jaundice, other birth defects or aquired cerebral palsy.
  • There are three main types of cerebral palsy based on symptoms: spastic, athetoid, ataxic and mixed.
  • Common symptoms of cerebral palsy include spasticity, paralysis, seizures, dyarthria, and unsteady balance or foot movement.
  • Cerebral palsy is not contagious and is not progressive.
  • With quality medical attention before, during and after pregnancy, cerebral palsy can be prevented.
  • Cerebral palsy was first identified by a British surgeon named William Little in 1860.
  • Cerebral palsy is an abnormality of motor function which affects the ability to control movements and move.
  • Cerebral palsy may be associated with mental retardation or seizures.
  • Many children who suffer from cerebral palsy have a normal intellect and only suffer from physical complications.
  • It is estimated that the lifetime costs of medical and other care for a child born with cerebral palsy average $500,000

I know that is a lot of information to take in at once. Over the next week, I’ll be featuring other moms that have kids with Cerebral Palsy. I know for me, I find talking about all of our struggles and accomplishments. Also, feel free to read my Cerebral Palsy awareness post from 2010.

Comments

  1. It’s so important that you’re doing these awareness posts Cheryl. I will admit, before I ‘met’ you I didn’t know anything about CP.

  2. This is such an informative post, at least for me. I had no idea about some of these facts, especially that there are three different main types of CP. I look forward to reading more and becoming informed about Cerebral Palsy this month from you! Oh yeah and you rock!
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    • LOL I don’t think I rock, but thanks!! When I was first googling CP, I had no idea there were 3 types either. Now to find someone else that has the ONE CP I didn’t feature!

  3. Cici Quezada says:

    We are one of the lucky families to have a kiddo w cerebral palsy. Her name is Ale and she will be turning 19 on march 16th. Her type of palsy is very severe and spastic.
    we are blessed to have her, she is such a happy girl.

  4. This is my favorite fact you shared – ■Many children who suffer from cerebral palsy have a normal intellect and only suffer from physical complications.

    I am actually very smart even though I can’t walk like a typical person! :)
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  5. We had a speaker in high school that had CP. The thing that stuck with me most from that is that most don’t have intellectual impairment, just the physical.
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    • I agree. Whenever I tell people about Jillian, they always assume the “worst” possible outcome. Quadriplegia/non verbal. I try to explain it that just as no two kids are the same, no two kids with CP are the same either.

  6. Wow, I didnt know all of those stats. I cant believe its 500,000 per patient. Im so sorry and I wish that the system was better so that you wouldnt have to pay so much.
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    • Well, I guess that’s a good thing that I Live in Canada… AND that I’m lucky to have private health insurance. Yes, sometimes it adds up, but in the long run it’s worth it

  7. I disagree with one of your points above – CP is not always preventable – the notion that it’s always someone’s fault isn’t true and in my son’s case was due to a medical complication that was unknowable and unforeseen and she is lucky to be alive. Spreading the idea that CP is preventable isn’t accurate enough for such an overall well done website as yours.

    • Thank you for your comment, Mike and I do understand where you’re coming from. You have to know too, these thoughts aren’t my own, I got them from a “reputable” CP website. MOST cases of CP are caused by prematurity, and that CAN be preventable. I’m “just” a mom. And I carry an immense amount of guilt that I couldn’t carry my daughter to term.

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