What is cerebral palsy?
It was only a few months ago, that I raised questions about CP and Chiara, and it came back with a resounding YES – Chiara does have cerebral palsy, in fact she has what is known as Spastic quadriplegia (effecting all four limbs)…
So what exactly is Cerebral palsy?
ce•re•bral / of the brain
pal•sy / lack of muscle control
Cerebral palsy (CP) is an umbrella term that refers to a group of disorders affecting a person’s ability to move. It is a permanent life-long condition, but generally does not worsen over time. It is due to damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy or shortly after birth. Cerebral palsy affects people in different ways and can affect body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance.
People who have cerebral palsy may also have visual, learning, hearing, speech, epilepsy and intellectual impairments (https://www.cerebralpalsy.org.au)
At the end of the day, it’s just another label that refers to brain injury. And with all the neuroplasticity research coming out, perhaps Chiara’s journey and outcome will surprise even the greatest of skeptics….
So for now.. our mantra: