Matthew was formally diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy back in June. Part of me always suspected it, so I broached the subject with our neurologist and he agreed that he fit all the criteria and we added the diagnosis to the permanent record at that time.
So...what does having a child with Cerebral Palsy mean? Cerebral Palsy can vary from person to person, with the possibility of any number of symptoms. In Matt's case, he has stiffening of the arms and legs and he is immobile in that he cannot sit, stand or walk. We are still in the learning stages of Cerebral Palsy, but rather than talk about what limits Matt, I'd rather show you what having a child with Cerebral Palsy means to our family.
We work hard with our therapists
When we find a problem, we find a way to adapt it to our needs
We enjoy the little things
We find ways to make our work fun
We work even when we'd prefer not to
We meet new challenges head-on
And most important, we love and support each other no matter what!
What does Cerebral Palsy mean to your family?