Lilly is one of 17 million people in the world living Cerebral Palsy (CP). This is our ninth year of celebrating World Cerebral Palsy Day. Each year, I plan for an amazing way to celebrate World CP Day, but often life gets in the way, and my plans fall by the wayside. If you have been following this blog for a while, you have seen a glimpse into Lilly’s life and our journey with her as she lives with cerebral palsy. 350 million people are closely connected to a loved one with cerebral palsy, and our story is just one of them.
It would be easy to tell you the facts about cerebral palsy, and how many people with it do not walk or talk, but I believe in looking past the statistics and I choose to see the person instead. Statistics can’t tell you about the child who can talk through a communication device or make jokes; statistics can’t tell you about the person’s journey. You can learn a lot about a person just by spending time with them (cerebral palsy or not).
This year we are spending World Cerebral Palsy Day with family. In Canada, it happens to fall on Thanksgiving and we will be enjoying laughter and spending time together. Things like whether or not Lilly can walk or talk don’t matter because she is accepted, loved and included during our holiday. This World Cerebral Palsy Day, I encourage you to invest into the lives of family (or person) who is affected by cerebral palsy.