Can you believe someone would ask a person with CP - is it contagious? It seems ridiculous but is a reflection of the poor understanding of this condition.
This useful, informative and inspiring piece written by @burnsideashley1 sets out some key facts about CP from the perspective of someone living everyday with it. I think one of the most powerful observations from Ashley is about the invisibility of her disability; how people can miss the extent of her difficulties because they are not as apparent as an amputation for example.
Does that make it better or worse? easier or harder? You will have to ask her but I think it certainly makes life more challenging.
Ashley's comments on sport, is another timely reminder, especially after watching the achievements of athletes with such differing abilities, at the World Para Athletics Championship, of how key sport can be for all.
4. CP is not a progressive disability in the sense that my brain will not get any more injured as I age. But the detrimental effects on my muscles do get worse as I strain them and compensate for my paralysis more and more. Tasks that used to be fairly easy for me are starting to cause me more pain and difficulty. I fear how my disability will weaken me as I get older, and I worry one day it will hurt too much for me to walk.