Are you tired of staring at people? 😫
You know the ones that are different from you! Are you curious to find out why that someone looks different to you? But you are scared to ask why they are different. Are they walking differently from the way you expect? And you are scared to ask why? Or are you one of those people who want to know why someone might be walking differently but are scared to ask why? Or were told it's rude to stare but are scared to ask! Don't worry I have got your back on this one 😀
Yes I know you are scared to ask those questions but that's ok I've got you!. Yes I know those are awkward questions. That's alright I know how you feel, we all feel the same. Even I get curious at times about what happened to them. That is passable just remember they are human too. They have feelings as much as anyone.
When you have finished this post you will rethink! 🤔
You're walking down the street and from the corner of your eye you see someone who is walking differently from you. You want to look and ask but are frightened in case you get an angry answer.
I get you! It's ok 👌
I have been in both quarters of this situation. As disabled I have been stared at. Or more importantly, rudely looked at.
As a person, I have been curious to know what has happened to another person who was disabled in front of me and unfortunately, I've done the same as some and looked rudely at others.
But I realize that I was wrong to do that. The best thing to do is to ask the question. It is better to understand and appreciate the difficulty that the person has than make assumptions about what they are dealing with.
As I said, in several posts I have cerebral palsy. For me this means I walk differently from the average individual.
And I was born with this disability.
The most common questions I used to get was "is it contagious?” or " is it hereditary?" I try not to react to the questions. Although sometimes it is hard not to. My response is pretty much the same every time. "Oh no, it was an accident when I was being born! But it doesn't always happen that way."
Born this way!
Most of the time cerebral palsy is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain or some other difficulty at the time the child is born.
Another common reason is because of an accident resulting in the lack of oxygen for a short period.
There is also a condition that happens at any time which is a stroke. And this has some the similar symptoms.
I'm not here to talk about strokes all though you must remember to ACT Face Arms Stand Talk. And if you have any of the symptoms of having a stroke.
With cerebral palsy, there are subtle differences and more obvious signs.
There are four main different types of cerebral palsy and they are ataxic, spastic, dyskinetic and mixed.
There are also different areas in which it shows its self. These are monoplegia
usually an arm.
Hemiplegia which is usually one side
Diplegia is the same limb on opposite sides.
and the last place is quadriplegic meaning the whole body
But all these different types does not mean we are not capable of doing things. Just things need to be done a different way.
Yes, we are different from everyone else but isn't everyone different? So if you think about it it should be common sense and compassion for everyone whoever they are. It doesn't matter what disability, race, religion or sex we all have bones, muscles and blood.
And last of all don't forget to ask those questions. It's ok to ask them.
Love and Peace