One of the biggest misconceptions about people with disabilities is that we have no desire to date, or have no understanding of what a relationship consists of. I can tell you first hand that this is false. I dream of having a ceremony in the smoky mountains of Tennessee, and getting to ride off afterward in a red Ford Truck with my future husband. Dating has been one of the most difficult parts of my life. Ever since I hit puberty in middle school, I had an interest in dating and having a boyfriend as many young year-olds do.
Dear Future Wife of a Man with Cerebral Palsy
Data and Statistics for Cerebral Palsy | CDC
Online dating is a challenge for everyone. Social stigma, discrimination and intrusive questioning are all just part of trying to find the perfect partner. I am unable to walk and I use a wheelchair full time. Cerebral palsy is a condition that develops before, during or after birth due to brain damage that affects movement and coordination. I took the plunge into online dating as I was celebrating my 18th birthday, four drinks down in a pub surrounded by couples and an unhealthy amount of Sambuca. In my hazy state, I decided I should let my friends set me up a profile on Tinder. Not thinking much of it, I endlessly swiped through the abundance of profiles of boys I was convinced would never swipe right on me.
Brain & Nervous System
As children with cerebral palsy mature into adulthood, their condition can present some added challenges. Raising a child with any disability requires compassion and understanding. As your child begins to transition into adulthood , there are likely to be many obstacles, as well as reasons to celebrate. Parents and caregivers will begin to notice some important changes taking place as their child matures into adulthood. Children may start to show more pronounced developmental delays or mental health conditions.
Adapting to life with cerebral palsy and learning how to effectively cope with the condition is the leading factor that determines the quality of life of a person with cerebral palsy, as well as the rest of the family. The abilities of people who are living with cerebral palsy vary tremendously. If you have cerebral palsy, you might be wheelchair-bound and unable to eat without assistance, you may be an athlete who uses a brace intermittently, or you may have abilities that lie anywhere in between these two extremes. When cerebral palsy causes profound disability, the dedication of the family and the support of professional caregivers is necessary.