Yes, I Do Have Cerebral Palsy
I have slight Cerebral Palsy. No one will notice it unless you have a trained eye in body mechanics, such as us personal trainers, doctors, psychologists, educators and artists have. This is one of the birth defects that I was born with.
This also effects my speech where I talk nasiliy and I have trouble picking up certain pronouciations. I spent years as an youngster in speech classes. In reading, I was lacking comprehension. In school, I was diagnosed as LD, from this, when I was 10. I was slow in all my subjects except for English and Science. Go figure. I was also bullied by the kids in school, who were afraid of the differences. Now that has all changed, but that is another post.
I spent 19 years in counseling for all my black demons wearing their ugly heads in my life. About 10 of those years, the counseling was about dealing with the public enterprise workforce with my limitations in my fine motor skills from the slight Celebral Palsy. A couple of my counselors thought that I would be better of working in a factory with little to no stress, or working on my own for contractors or to work for myself. Then fast forward to 1993, when had a stroke that resulted from a car accident in 1989, combined with this and compulsive overeating. My counselors, my medical team and my parents had decided it was time for me to apply for SSD. The rest is history.
Despite all this, it is part of me, not the whole me. When my mother sent me to ballet, at the age of five, to better my fine motor skills, little did she know at that time that she unwrapped the family dancer. I never wanted to miss ballet and I had childhood fantasies about going to the top in that. Mrs. Carol, my ballet teacher told my mother that I was good at it, loved dancing and enjoys the class. When my mother came to my recitals, the doors opened when saw that she has a dancer in the family, to continue her legacy and she was very proud of me.
My teachers never thought that I would make it through college. I still went and got a BA in Psycology. Throughout my years, I became an artist, martial artist, boxer, ultimate fighter, bodybuilder, power lifter. All the way to passion in fitness and in electronics. Quitting is not an option.
I've been over thirty five years in fitness, training 5 days on, two days off. The biggest victory of my life, was my seven year weight loss journey, when I got myself out of obesity forever at age 48! Before then, I knew how to lose the weight, but not how to keep it off. April 16, 2013 is my fifth birthday in keeping off 125lbs. I got rid of an array of other health problems plus my motor skills improved. Right after that, I became a Spin Instructor and a Certified Personal Trainer.
With this said, with both feet out of the grave now, working in retail is hard, but not impossible anymore.This is being that they want everything clean, neat and stacked in a matter of seconds. I love the dancer and athlete in me and I would love to hear from all of you. I want nothing but the best for all of you.