Despite having Cerebral Palsy for 30+ years I’m still learning about it, it’s effects on me, and how it affects others.
— Heather (@nosuperheroblog) March 9, 2017
I could go in-depth as to why I think that’s the case but that’s probably a topic for another day (before I put my foot in my mouth) but the short version is that there’s little research on people with CP over the age of 18.
Cerebral Palsy effects how the brain communicates with muscles so there’s a misconception that it’s a muscular disorder.
It’s easy to do when the majority of Cerebral Palsy related surgeries deal with bones and muscles.
But a lot of the largely unknown aspects of living with CP have to do with the nervous system.
There’s a startle reflex.
Temporary, yet extreme pain, like a kidney stone.
Side effects from medications.
Trying to do two things at once that requires different areas of your brain, like getting dressed and holding a conversation.
If it has the potential to cause any neurological issues for a person with a normal nervous system there’s a pretty good chance that it’s going to cause issues for someone with CP.