Archive for May, 2008

Greatful for what I have

May 31, 2008

This post was written in response to a comment that I should be grateful for what I have and not whine about having different abilities.

I am lucky and blessed in so many ways. Compared to most people I know I am relatively unaffected by the CP. Sure, I use a wheelchair to get around and have difficulty with fine motor tasks and there are times when I cannot transfer by myself but there is so much that I can do and this has given me opportunities that many people with CP don’t have. I can communicate and function without a lot of physical support (I can feed myself and take myself to the toilet as long as it is set up with rails etc). I understand that I am lucky in these ways and I think I show that by not complaining about the things that I cant do yet society seems to be set on reminding me of this fact at every chance it can.

Take the other day for example. I had travelled into a nearby city. I had some shopping to do so we hit the shops for a couple of hours and in that time I had no less than 11 people tell me I was lucky because of something in relation to my different abilities (I don’t like the word disability). Your so lucky to have that wheelchair was a common comment. I wish I had one was another. I’m not quite sure why people think it is so great to have a wheelchair, mostly I think they were tired of walking around the shops, but I just wish they would be careful what they wish for: it might just happen to them one day. I guess if this happened to some of the more influential people (a politician for example) that have made similar comments to me then it could be a good thing because I bet that services for people with different abilities would be greatly improved if those people who control such services needed them. Am I being selfish to think this way? I hope not for I am truly grateful that I have had the opportunities I have had- I just want to ensure that I have more in the future and that future generations do as well.


Disability fiction

May 26, 2008

In recent weeks I have been searching for books with a character that has Cerebral Palsy in them. I could find plenty of non fiction but no fiction. I have two questions for readers of this page?

  1. Do you know of any fiction with character that have CP?
  2. If I were to write something would you be interested in reading it?

Please leave a comment with your answers


May 16, 2008

I have been thinking a lot about change in my mini absence from “the blog that I’m not sure if anyone is reading” as I have renamed this site in my head. I have been reflecting on my life now and certain things that I would like to or things that I know I need to change. Like, I would like to be more organised and I am working on being more organised as I know that this will reduce the stress in my life which in turn will be better for my health (which is the main reason for my mini absence from blogging- poor health).

In thinking about change I have thought about my life before now and what I would change if I had the chance. At first I was freaked out by the amount of stuff I would change but, I realised it wasn’t so much events that I would change but rather my attitude to them. For example, when I was in high school the teachers decided that I was unable to complete biology, chemistry and maths because I would supposedly need too much help from an integration aide for the work to be considered my own (This is crazy because I could always tell the aide what to do even when I couldn’t physically do the work). At the time I accepted this decision without question or complaint but now I realise that the school had no right to do this and I would love to be able to go back and stand up to them and do those subjects anyway.

I know that I can’t go back but only forward. Please join me on the journey of change throughout my life and let me know I am not alone- what would you change about your life if you could?

my Taste in chocolate says…

May 5, 2008

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You are sweet, mellow, and easily satisfied.<br />
You don’t like anything too intense and dramatic.<br />
Deep down, you’re a kid at heart… and you’re nostalgic for the past.<br />
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You are emotionally expressive and sensitive.<br />
You’re effected by everything around you.<br />
Your friends appreciate your open heart, but they are afraid of hurting your feelings.<br />
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You love new adventures and activities. You enjoy living a full life, even if it is chaotic.<br />
You feel lost when things are quiet. You rather not think… you prefer to just do!
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De Lurk Please

May 5, 2008

I see that there have been 85 hits on this blog yet I only have 2 comments. Come on guys! who are you and what do you think of my blog?

What Kind of ice-cream are you?

May 5, 2008

You Are A Chocolate Ice Cream Girl

Dramatic. Powerful. Flirty.
What Flavor Ice Cream Girl Are You?

Those that know me know this is appropriate lol.

what colour is you aura?

May 5, 2008

Your Aura is Violet

Idealistic and thoughtful, you have the mind and ideas to change the world.
And you have the charisma of a great leader, even if you don’t always use it!

The purpose of your life: saying truths that other people dare not say

Famous purples include: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Susan B. Anthony

Careers for you to try: Political Activist, Inventor, Life Coach

What Color Is Your Aura?