This month if a very special month for me. It is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. I am sure you are asking why it is so special for me. It is because it is something I have lived with my whole life. There are different degrees of severity. Luckily, I slight limp and major stiffness, but there are others who are not so lucky. One person was my sister London.
She was born July 13, 1999. It became certain that something was wrong early on. As she got older it became worse. She grew up in a wheelchair. She had a feeding tube. She could not walk or talk. I am not sure how aware she was of things.
What I am sure of is she lit up every time I walked in the room. When she smiled you would smile too? I know she was loved, and knew she knew it too.
Have you realized that I am talking in past tense. I am doing so because my sister passed away at 12 years old. The doctors diagnosed it as natural causes. I can’t help but think the cerebral palsy played a part.
Why am I telling London’s story instead of my own? It is because people will question, fear, and judge what they don’t know. Awareness is the key to gaining knowledge. knowledge is the key to finding a solution, and solution is the key to making sure children with severe cerebral palsy live better longer lives.
So, spread the word and raise awareness I know I am. I am doing it for London. Who will you do it for?