Why I View My Cerebral Palsy as a Blessing

By Ashley Mohesky

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological disorder that prevents the brain from communicating to the muscles. There are different types of cerebral palsy, but everyone with the disorder goes through challenges that affect the muscles in some way. Aside from the muscles not being able to function properly, there are some cases in which a person might deal with involuntary movements, which can be extremely frustrating. Although there is much negativity towards CP, it can actually be a good thing. I believe it allows you to have a unique life and also to teach others lessons that can be truly inspiring.

All throughout my life, I have dealt with obstacles — from difficult surgeries to having to prove to people that I am a contributor to society. But I don’t consider CP the end of the world, and you shouldn’t either.

I’m writing this article to tell everyone who has CP or is around someone with the disorder that it is OK to love all the challenges faced head on every day, even when you are having an extremely tough day. Don’t let the challenges of CP keep you from going for your dreams, despite what other people may tell you.

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