Opening Up About Cerebral Palsy

Hello lovelies
On my blog I'm generally posting about certain aspects of life, fashion, beauty, lifestyle- however there's a huge part of my life, me myself actually but today I want to talk about it! I've never hidden the fact I'm disabled or in a wheelchair, I have made it known I'm a disabled blogger from the start. Though today I want to explain just what my condition is and how it effects my everyday life. 
Cerebral Palsy is a condition that has a stigma attached to it, and I suppose this is the reason I haven't spoken more of it on my blog. The thing is, it's not the wheelchair that puts people off, it's the CP, and this is the reason a lot of the time you'll only see me refer to myself as being disabled or in a wheelchair, I don't want to scare you! 

So today I'm finally getting it out in the open and help educate people on what Cerebral Palsy really is and hopefully help you know what it is and how it affects different people in different ways. 


So to begin with lets answer some questions about CP! 

What Is Cerebral Palsy and How Is It Caused?
CP is caused by a problem in parts of the brain that have the job of controlling muscles, this can happen before, during or soon after birth. It is 'a condition marked by impaired muscle coordination and/or other disabilities,' It is 'typically caused before or during birth', however there are many other causes such as an infection within the mother during pregnancy,  premature or difficult birth, bleeding on the brain and changes in the genes that affect development. If a baby has a stroke this is another way to have the condition as many strokes are a blockage that can stop the blood supply from traveling to the brain. 

What Are The Different Types And Symptoms Of Cerebral Palsy? 
There are lots of varied symptoms people who have CP may have which depends on which type of CP they have. They're four types of CP: Spartic Cerebral Palsy, which makes muscles weak and stiff, Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy, when the muscle tone changes between stiff and floppy so causes uncontrollable body movements or automatic spasms and postures. The next type is when a person has balance and co-ordination problems which results in jumpy and clumsy movements which goes by the name Ataxic Cerebral Palsy and the fourth type is called Mixed Cerebral Palsy and is when the person has more than one of the types stated above. 

How Many Different Stages Are There? What Is The Outcome Of The Condition? 
As well as different types there are also different stages. The lowest level of Cerebral Palsy is 'Mild' this is when the person can move without aid and their daily lives aren't limited. Then there's 'Moderate' which means the person needs support, maybe medication and adaptations to achieve day-to-day life. 'Severe' is the most affected stage of CP, the person will need use of a wheelchair and will struggle significantly with daily activities. Cerebral Palsy is not a cured nor progressive condition which means it is what it is, you can go to treatment such as physiotherapy or medications to relieve muscles and spasms to try to find some release in the body but there is no actual cure. 

I think that's enough information for one day, hopefully someone reads this and will understand better what the condition Cerebral Palsy is. 

I know this is a different type of post for my blog however I wanted
to share some facts on CP, hope you found it interesting.
Have you read my What If Birthday post? 

8 comments :

  1. You've explained this incredibly well, Charlotte. I actually know quite a bit about CP as I'm a speech and language therapist, but spreading awareness to people who may never have heard about CP is amazing. Saying that, no matter how much theory you may know about a condition, everyone is affected differently and everyone's experiences are entirely different. Thank you for sharing, x .

    Stephanie // StephieBeau.com

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    1. I definitely agree with you with how everyone is affected differently, I'm planning another post about that too!
      Thanks for your comment chick.
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  2. I'm so glad you found the courage to open up about your experiences with CP. I'm a Comm Dis major (studying for a future career in speech pathology) and I think you explained the basics of CP really well for someone who might not know what CP is. Thanks for sharing this, looking forward to more posts from you in the future! :)

    Melissa | melissa-manning.com

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  3. Thank you for this, I didn't even know CP existed. Well done and don't be shy, we are definitely not scared, more curious :))) x

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    1. Aww thank you, I'm glad you've learnt more about it lovely
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  4. A great post Charlotte thank you for posting up such great information about CP

    Mel ★ www.meleaglestone.co.uk

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    1. Thank you for your comment lovely!
      Xx

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