Julian was born three
months prematurely. He weighed 1kg (2.2 lbs.) He spent one month in intensive care with one-to-one attention. Poked, prodded, injected, and pumped full of medication, oxygen, transfusions, and painkillers. Over the next months, he slowly improved and graduated to successively less intensive wards.
Julian has Cerebral Palsy.
Since his diagnosis at the age of one, eleven years ago, Julian has had physiotherapy sessions every single day, three times a day. In the past eleven years, Julian has missed only 14 days of physio.
He works hard. He often suffers. Yet he never stops fighting this vicious condition.
He is my only inspiration.
Taking a passive approach to the limitations CP presents an individual will inevitably result in aggravated secondary complications in the long run.
Challenging the individual's limitations from CP as early as possible allows for possible improvement from the condition due to neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to 'rewire' itself, especially during the developing years of the child.
Cerebral Palsy is a non-progressive condition. Non-progressive means that it does not get worse over time. In my opinion, taking the definition of non-progressive at face value is a dangerous thing. Just because CP is non-progressive does not mean that it should not be dealt with aggressively from the start.
There are two main reasons for taking an active stance against Cerebral Palsy: