My Cerebral Palsy Is Beautiful

Dear cerebral palsy,

Where do I begin? First, off I’d like to thank you for all the amazing adventures we’ve gone on in the past 22 years. It has been a roller coaster, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. They are many days where I can easily say I laughed, smiled, giggled, and other days where I feel like the world is just crashing down on me. But I love the woman you shaped me to be — a warrior who can defeat any obstacle that comes her way.

I love the way you made my body. My windswept legs are just beautiful, not to mention my delicate fingers that are in the form of a swan. Everything about having cerebral palsy is beautiful. Being a real inspiration to others has always been a purpose of mine, and it’s all thanks to you. Showing people that we are able regardless of the obstacles in front of us is the key to my life. Living life with you has been the most amazing, thrilling roller coaster I could have ever gone on. I never know what I’m going to get or what I’m going to get myself into, but as long as I have God leading me, it will be OK.

Thank you for giving me strength. Thank you for all the adventures. Thank you for everything you have taught me over the years.

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