I totally concur with all of the postings of others. There I was trying to sound professional, did it work? Seriously, the cp forum is made for people like us. When all around us no one understands, all of us who are cp patients have walked the walk.
There is always someone out whose story, while it may not be exactly like yours, could be you. I have been a cp patient for 15 years, I have been completely disabled for 11-12 years now. The years in between have been at times, sad, depressed, unable to move, adjustments, limitations, finding my way back to me, realizing the me that was, will never be again, and finally loving the me I have become in the face of much adversity.
I came to realize that I was much stronger than I ever thought I could be, I raised 2 beautiful daughters, who are now 29 and 25. I have two grandchildren who dont know any other grandmother but the grandma with the bad back, the grandma who has to say, "sorry but grandma cant pick you up" when they were not even 6 months old yet. But you know what, I learned there are other ways of picking them up and putting them on my lap.
I spent 2 years feeling so very sorry for myself, I couldnt get out of bed. Then I had to ask myself, is this really how you want to spent your life? My answer to me was a loud No. Its never easy, but when you think about it, what is. I mean even without a disability, life is not always a walk in the park.
So just know this, at some point, and it will probably be not even noticed by you right away, but change will come, you will learn different ways to enjoy your life. I know nobody ever wants to hear this, including myself, but there is always someone out there so much worse than me. Sometimes when someone would tell me that, I wanted to punch them, but it is the truth.
Ok now that I have written a novel, its time to move on, and wish you the very best, along with wishing you having low pain days, now and always. Please keep coming back, the cp forum became my miracle
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson