Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month!

March is cerebral palsy awareness month, and I wanted to share a little bit more about Colleen. She was officially diagnosed January 2013, and I will admit, I was in denial. As a baby, I remember the first time she rolled over. Without knowing what to expect, it was my moment of “See! She will be okay.” But it was a long time before she did it again. And that has continued much of her life. She is capable of doing some things a few times, then we don’t see it for a long time. Colleen is significantly delayed, and a lot of it has to do with her muscle strength.
Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term the refers to a person’s ability to move. It can affect body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. It is a permanent condition that can improve or worsen over time. (https://www.cerebralpalsy.org.au/what-is-cerebral-palsy/ )
Colleen is level 2 out of 5. At the moment, she uses a walker and a wheelchair to travel long distances and for transportation to and from school. She was starting to stand on her own, but as I said earlier, it comes and goes. She will spend a night where she stands up as much as she can, then she’ll go weeks or months without trying again. But, I think she’s getting stronger. She makes me proud every single day, and I know she’s capable of so much. Time will tell what this little lady will do. ❤

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