Having cerebral palsy has made me self conscious, I'll give you one example, up until about 4 years ago, I would not wear shorts in the summer unless I was at home, unless I was on my porch, in my backyard, in my house with the doors and windows shut.
I would not wear shorts in public because I'm well aware people have stared at me, said things, snickered behind my back, to my face, and just made their own assumptions about me, and what they see visually, then forming their own opinions, with their own bias, whether they know what cerebral is or not.
People have and will assume, "he has a problem, you don't want to end up like him". They're saying that to their children as I walk by or behind my back, sometimes even to my face, and just making assumptions, and they're pointing at my legs.
I have a noticeable limp, I'm well aware of that, okay. I can't help that, that's just part of me having cerebral palsy, I have a limp, I can't help the fact that I have a limp and it's noticeable. I don't like having cerebral palsy, I don't like having the limp, and I just did not want to wear shorts because I walk with a limp, and obviously you're looking at my legs, if they're exposed because I'm wearing shorts.
So having people stare, it makes me uncomfortable, having people point, snicker, stare, say things, whether behind my back or to my face, makes me uncomfortable, so up until about 4 years ago, I wouldn't wear shorts out in public and I didn't really accept the fact that I needed to wear shorts out in public becuse summer's can be really hot. and I just didn't want people to stare, snicker, point, talk about me in the ways that they have in regards to my cerebral palsy.
You know, the older I get, the more I really just don't care what people think because I'm not gonna be uncomfortable anymore because I have cerebral palsy and have to live with it. I'm not gonna make myself purposely uncomfortable for the comfort level of others, and that's basically the point to this story.
Do you have any questions or want to know anything about cerebral palsy? Let me know. Thank you for your time.
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