Cerebral palsy is one of the most common developmental disabilities in the US, affecting at least 800,000 children, adolescents and adults in America. Cerebral palsy is NOT a disease nor should it be considered one. It is not even a simple or single disorder but rather a broad range of disorders that disrupt a person’s ability to move, sit, stand, walk, talk and use their hands. The severity of the movement disorder and the type of movement difficulties can vary greatly. Some patients have only mild difficulties with balance, walking and fine motor skills while patients at the other extreme are completely trapped in their own bodies, fighting rigid limbs, and unable to speak or swallow.
CP was Kennedys original diagnosis....while she is now diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, she still has the CP label to describe her symptoms. It is so true how different every individual is that has CP. I used to work at a home taking care of many women with CP..and along side of me were two employees with CP. So like mito, CP can be so varying!
One great blog raising awareness for CP is Life of Logan...go check them out!