To the parents who just found out their child has cerebral palsy. I know that this may be a hard pill to swallow but your journey is just beginning.
You probably will hear the word never a lot at the beginning of your journey with cerebral palsy. Or you may have heard that there is a possibility that your child may not be able to accomplish many things. Maybe even understand that they will not be able to do the things that you expect for them to do. But I’m here to tell you that they will be able to score their wings. Although it may take them awhile to adjust to things. It’s going to take a lot of patience and a lot of physical therapy.
For the most part, they will be able to succeed in anything that they reach for. For example, over the 22 years I lived with cerebral palsy I never let it stop me. I’ve experience traveling from a very young age. I’ve visited different countries such as Bahamas and Mexico. I’ve had the opportunity to see what the world have to offer me thanks to my parents. At age of 12, I was able to co-pilot an airplane. Through an organization called Challenge Air. I had the opportunity to fly over the everglades in a private jet. I also played baseball on a special needs league for about 2 years. I had the opportunity to meet new people with different disabilities and hear their stories. I was also in drama club. I was in a play called Grease where I play Sandra Dee. I was also apart of another play called RENT.
Your journey is going to be unique and amazing. Full of twists and challenges, ups and downs. Always remember to never give up and never think your child can’t do something because they can. I want to take this time to give a special thanks to my parents Carlos Aponte Jr. and Lissette Flores Aponte. For being my two biggest cheerleaders over the years. They never allowed me to use my cerebral palsy as a handicap. They always let me know that I could do anything that I could but my mind to.