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How Wearing Leg Braces for Cerebral Palsy Taught Me Self-Love

I struggled with my appearance for quite some time, especially in my tween and teen years. Most of my insecurities came from my spastic cerebral palsy, which has caused me to have muscle stiffness, a lack of balance and required me to use a wheelchair.

Because I have trouble with my balance, the doctors recommended that I wear special leg braces called AFOs. My first pair of AFO leg braces was dark blue, and I loved wearing them.

At first, I never felt ashamed of them or had any issues with them. But one day in elementary school, I had an encounter with a student who didn’t understand my cerebral palsy or my AFOs.

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