SIGN UP FOR ABLETHRIVE Creating an account with Able Thrive is FREE and easy.Signing up gives you access to curated content and new features we’ll be rolling out.Two operations, plastic leg braces, and a few years of physical and occupational therapy mostly mitigated CP’s effects on me. Then that writing professor offered her perspective: “Your disability is the most interesting thing about you.”I didn’t know what to think, or how I felt. I had graduated from college that spring and was auditing her course as an aspiring journalist with the goal of getting a byline at a well-known publication.This professor was the quintessential New York Writer—the kind with uptown friends and a downtown address who I, too, hoped to be one day. In her memoirs, she unabashedly embraced the messy parts of herself, spinning them into literary gold. But I didn’t want to be the poster child of disability gone right.Sign up now Already have an account with Able Thrive?
The FAU junior then rolls out of IVA South and toward his van, which Warren drives.Balance, fine motor, and speech can be affected, but a diagnosis of CP doesn't automatically mean a lower intelligence.To him, CP meant that my gait was awkward and my balance shaky.We enjoyed each other's company, so why not see where this could go? If we weren't going to be dating, maybe I didn't have to tell him exactly how serious my slight limp actually was.We'd known each other for a year and a half already, so he knew that I had mild cerebral palsy, a neuro-muscular disability that occurs when the brain's cerebellum is damaged, usually at birth.