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Taking Care of My Body and Mind in Life With Cerebral Palsy

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Today, I woke up feeling like I wanted to give up on myself. This is one of many downsides of having cerebral palsy — for me, at least.

People with cerebral palsy know it takes three to five times more energy to do the simplest tasks. For example, putting our socks and shoes on — for most able-bodied people, it’s as easy as 1-2-3, and they’re out the door.

For me and many others who have cerebral palsy, it feels like our day-to-day yoga routine! It can take up to one hour to put one sock and one shoe on. (I was doing the cat, dog, cow pose before I knew what they were!) The daily struggle of having cerebral palsy is the most challenging part of my life.

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