Growing up with Cerebral Palsy was always a bigger deal to anyone but me. Being outside and playing with the other kids just seemed natural to me. I never knew i wasn’t supposed to do most of the things I did. I did not know, nor did I want to, the details of the C. P. that inflicted me Maybe that’s because if I had known, I might not have accomplished what I did.
When I was in the second grade, my first year in public school, I decided not to use my crutches. It wasn’t premeditated, it was one of those spur of the moment decisions that kids always make. When all of us kids lined up, to go outside one day, my crutches were in a corner it the Coat Room. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that might have been the moment that changed my childhood. Not using my crutches not only gave me confidence, but also helped me to overcome some of the challenges that came with C.P.
A year later, when little league sign-ups were handed out at school, I decided that I wanted to play. My parents let me without much argument. They, too, wanted me to have as close to a normal childhood as possible. Other than have a base-runner every time I went to hit, I was just one of the kids out there having fun.
I was always told I was different only if I felt different. To me, I could do anything anyone else did. I just did it a little slower.