I'm a 22 year old girl with mild CP and I've got issues lol. Like a lot of people with CP I'm shy, self conscious and pretty much anti-social. Practically every friend I've ever had has made fun of my limp or speech (my speech isn't that bad, I've got a tongue thrusting problem though). Even my friends parents have said some nasty things about me e.g one time I rung one my close friend from high school but her father answered so I left message, and later on she said he forgot what my name was and said "the one that sounds retarded."
Ok, that might have been a while ago now but all the little comments like that play over in the back of my mind. And currently I have two friends that I hardly talk to (one of them moved to Melbourne after high school. Who doesn't treat me very nicely anyway) on top of all this my father recently died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 48 which has obviously devastated me. Not only because he's half of my heart, but my parents are my entire world
because they love me, don't judge me and treat me like a "normal" kid.
I don't know where I'm going with this but I feel like I've been cheated. I can't do the things I'd love to do like join the army or the police force. I know 100% if I didn't have CP i'd be more outgoing and really enjoy life. The sad thing is I'm an only child and I feel like the biggest disappointment, especially now that dad's gone and mum's finding it hard by herself.
Sorry for the rant.