My Cerebral Palsy and Me

Author: Kris Esper Trinidad

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…my parents were already informed that their child would live a difficult life.

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is an incurable movement disorder that generally appear during child birth or shortly after birth. People with CP usually have poor coordination; muscle tremors; seizures; and, problems with their sensation, vision, hearing, swallowing and speaking. Well, these are just a few of the many limitations that go with CP.

I simply know a lot about Cerebral Palsy because I am one of the 3% of the population who have this disability in the Philippines. I was only eight months when I was diagnosed. Just before I could even celebrate my first year of life, my parents were already informed that their child would live a difficult life.
For the rest of their existence they need to cradle me in their arms just so I could live and keep up with the regular life even in my oddity. Life was hard for me and still is, much more for my parents who have to endure all the inconveniences my condition brings.

My disability took away my chance to have a normal life. I have to be carried and assisted wherever I go, even at the comfort room. I have a hard time controlling my movements as well as the way I talk because I could barely enunciate the words that pass through my mouth. I am frequently mistaken to have mental inadequacy because of my speech and with the way I look. I have to endure the physical, emotional and psychological pains especially when I become the laughing stock of the people who are ignorant and inconsiderate with my disability.

It is hard. The harder part is, I need to face all these in my every day and all I can do is ignore the people’s judging eyes, and unforgiving remarks so I could move on and think of my strengths regardless of the life-long circumstance I’m in. I want to take part in life and with the community around me. I want to have a good job, earn and help my parents in our financial needs like any regular daughter. I know that Virtualahan could help me with these simple yet meaningful dreams I have.
I admit that I’m still in the process of overcoming my condition. I am just a human being who also gets hurt, but with friends and family members who remind me of an all-knowing God who knows what’s best and comforts the hearts of the weary, I have peace and relief that I will be ok. I will soon see the bigger and better picture of why I am different.


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