Friday, March 4, 2011

Born and Diagnosed With Cerebral Palsy


Today's post was written by guest blogger Jennifer R. Resetar

Born and Diagnosed With Cerebral Palsy


On February 17, 1986, I was born to David and Sabrina Ysidron at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Throughout my life, I was told that my birth was a difficult one. I was also told that I’ve lost oxygen to my brain for a few minutes. At the time, I was not diagnosed with any birth conditions, but overtime, my adoptive parents, Dave and Jeannie Locklear, noticed I was not reaching certain milestones that other babies might have reached. In June of 1986, I was diagnosed with Cerebral palsy.

Most babies learn to walk within their first year. I learned to walk when I was three years old. Most parents have the great privilege of teaching their children how to walk whereas I was taught by the staff at the Tampa, Florida branch of the United Cerebral Palsy. I’ve been told by a family member that I did not learn how to talk until I was at least four or five years old. Now I am fluent in English, Spanish and basic French. I am also able to pick up on the other Latin based languages such as Italian and Portuguese. I can also speak a few words in Chinese with the help of a book that I have that labels the chapters in English and Chinese.

Once I was diagnosed with Cerebral palsy, I went to physical therapy quite often as a young child. This is where the United Cerebral palsy comes into my life. They helped me with everything from crawling to walking. To this day, I still communicate with the Central Florida Chapter of the UCP.

Having to learn things the hard way has taught me at a young age that very few things in life are easy. I’ve had to grow up at a young age and overtime, I have become sensitive to the trials of life and I understand when someone is going through a difficult time. Being born and diagnosed with Cerebral palsy has given me the natural ability to be able to help others and understand their feelings.


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