When My mother was three months into her pregnancy with me she contracted the Germen Measles Which was in 1958. Back then the doctor caring for my mother said that I might be born blind. Well that fact was proven wrong because when I was born I was not blind. Everyone thought Well Kathy ( me) dodge that bullet, but that could have not been more wrong. In my first year of being on this planet I was not cognitively developing the way a baby should. I could not roll over , sit up, hold a spoon or bottle. At that time the doctors did not know what was wrong, and so to make a long story short a spinal tap was performed on me and that when a final diagnosis was pronounced witch was Cerebral Palsy.
The definition of Cerebral Palsy from Wikipedia which is:” Cerebral Palsy is caused by damage to the motor control centers of the developing brain and can occur during pregnancy, during childbirth or after birth up to about age three.Resulting limits in movement and posture cause activity limitation and are often accompanied by disturbances of sensation, depth perception and other sight-based perceptual problems, communication ability; impairments can also be found in cognition, and epilepsy is found in about one-third of cases. CP, no matter what the type, is often accompanied by secondary musculoskeletal problems that arise as a result of the underlying etiology.”
Pretty depressing is it not? The one thing that Wikipedia does not say is that not no two people with CP have it the same way. Some people with CP can have it very severe where they are latterly a vegetable. Some people will have a very mild case where they will walk with a slight limp. My CP is I guess considered moderate. In that my motor ability are impaired. I talk with a slight speech impairment, I do not walk, and I have trouble with spastic hands. My mental function is fine So in the medical world I am considered high functioning.
Now to get back to the story at hand. After I was diagnosed with CP the doctor had said a scary prognosis’s to my parents saying that I had CP and that my life would never be that as of a normal functioning person and that as of right now your daughter probably does not even know who her parents are. You both should consider putting your daughter away (meaning an institution ) Well right then and there my parents promptly got up and said: “Who are you to tell us that Kathy doesn’t know who her parents are. Kathy knows darn well who we are, and we are not putting her away and forgetting about her. What an awful thing to say”. We came to you hoping that you would point us in the right direction to go into to give her the best care. At that point the doctor said there really nothing we can do. My parents then got up with me in hand and said we will prove you wrong.
At the time when all this was going on my farther was playing for a Simi pro baseball Leigh as a left handed picture. He was at the time actually scouted by the Philly’s baseball team and accepted into there team. Well a week before my farther was supposed to go into training camp a ball was thrown into my farther left hand that smashed his fingers needless to say his ball career was over. My farther had to have surgery where then a steal plate was set into his left index finger. He then had to have intensive therapy on it to regain the use of his left hand. My farther was then directed to go to a place called the Curative Workshop for his therapy Which is in Wilmington Delaware. When my farther started his therapy He noticed what a great place it was and that indeed there staff knew what they were doing. So my farther asked if they would consider taking me for therapy. At first they said no because they never really worked with any children with CP. My farther then said well at least try Kathy out for six months and see what happens. If it does not work out then we know at least we tried. With that being said they went on and took me. I did so well that the six months turn into a year and then into three years. I was not only able to sit up , but they got me up walking a bit, and I was able to then feed myself. Because of my farther pioneering spirit other kids with CP were then taken into therapy and helped I think that is one big amazing story that really turn a native into a positive.
Today I am married, have two boys. and have worked full time as a SR Support Analyst for a major bank here in Delaware. Not too shabby is it not?