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Yes, I Do Have Cerebral Palsy
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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.

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  1. Teresa Thomas
    Teresa Thomas
    Vote #2. Nice job. I can see, that you do have the disease, but that it's not stopping, nor is it slowing you down for any reason. Keep going forward. My nephew's son had that. Sadly to say, that his son had passed away just over 2 years ago. He was only 5 years old. It does not matter whether, you have a disability or not, if you are determined to make something of your life despite the disability, then, go for it. Keep it up my friend, I'm rooting you on..... A person can do anything they set their minds to doing having a disability or not. Talk with you later. Take care.
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thanks for the vote. I consider that a condition, not a disease. I'm pushing to live to 100. Remember success is only one millimeter away.
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      1. Teresa Thomas
        Teresa Thomas
        Thanks for the encouragement there Susan. Will work on that thought.
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  2. Daniel Andrei Garcia
    Daniel Andrei Garcia
    #3 Susan.
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  3. Bettylou
    # 4 Susan. Such an inspiring story! Thank you for the lift :) Congratulations on your achievements, especially the weight loss that I can definately relate to. Please check out my latest story and continuaton (if you will) of ideas and tips for working from home. Thanks again!
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you. Your blogs have helped me a great deal. I will go add what I know.
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  4. sweedly
    sweedly
    Excellent post. Keep the faith and never let life get you down. Voted.
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you sweedly. That's for sure. Never let life get you down.
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  5. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    Somebody might have to hit the vote button again because one of them didn't submit. Thanks guys.
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  6. Susan Keeping
    Susan Keeping
    Congratulations on all you have overcome. You are an inspiration :)
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you Susan.
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  7. Carolyn
    Vote #8! Susan, I never knew that you had cerebral palsy. For that matter, I did not know that this site was open. Looks like this article is set to make Top Posts. I see an article from our friend Teresa on Top Posts already. Great article!
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you Carolyn. It's great hearing from you. We both are doing good over here. Plus this a good group of writers here too....Are you going to write a post?
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      1. Teresa Thomas
        Teresa Thomas
        pftsusan, Wow! I have never experienced anything such as this, but it did developed in my family. My great nephew Jeremiah James Robinson had this dreadful condition. He is now in the hands of the Almighty at this time. My nephew and his wife has two little girls though. They will one day, adopt a little boy some day. I've noticed it in you. With a person, that has a good and trained eye, they can see it. I'm glad, that you are pushing forward with your life and not letting life itself, get you down. You go girl. Keep up the good work. Just voted for you on this matter. Take care.
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  8. Lori Emmons
    Lori Emmons
    #9 Way to be! Congrats on your weight loss! Keep on keepin on!
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you Lori.
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  9. SignLanguage
    I've lived with a Deaf woman with a light cerebral palsy and learning disability as well. However, I am a bit sad to say that she didn't do as well as you. Although weight was never an issue for her, she came from a family of alcohol and physical abuse problems, so she grew up in a very negative environment. Now, she has such anger issues pretty much no one wants to live with her - and I even heard of people not wanting to spend more than a couple of hours at a time with her because they can't stand it! She doesn't realise how much negativity she throws around, but since people understand why, they still accept to work with her or spend time with her. They just walk on eggshells around her all the time. After a year and a half living with her, I had to give up. It was far too difficult, and I even ended up finding out that she ruined my reputation with my friends by saying I was the one with these issues, not her. So people that knew me for a very long time started believing her instead of me - even if they had never seen in me the person she was describing. She was only speaking of herself; she was describing her own mirror reflection, nothing more. I'm sad to say that I had to stop speaking to her to help save my reputation, but unfortunately, it never stopped. It just kept getting worse and worse, and I even had to move to another city because of it. Anyhow, all this to say that I am glad to see you are a bright, positive ray of sun. Keep it up! Voted!
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you for voting. I'm sorry that this person put you through this. Plus I'm sorry that the other woman is the victim turned suspect of her environment. Neither one of you are alone on this. You did the best thing possible which was to put yourself first and get of their for your own sanity. This is no way an judgment on the community who has these and other challenges. Many of us don't behave that way....With said, on the other hand, many people are afraid of change, when you can't change the negative situation, the best course of action is to get yourself out of it, let it go and move on with your life, such as you did.
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  10. Broken English
    Broken English
    Voted, although you are already at Top Posts! Very positive and inspirational. You are clearly multi-talented, with all the things you have done! I have had a lot of big challenges to overcome as well in my life, from childhood upwards, and I will write about some of those in future blogs. It's so nice to know we are not alone, there are others who have struggled just as much, and have been very successful, like you.
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you and thanks for voting.
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