Side Step Up

In my view, the movement felt like coming from one side. We worked on it earlier in this week. An exercise I had not done in almost two years. Stepping up onto a platform about two feet off the ground. The platform I was stepping onto might have been a couple feet in diameter and … More Side Step Up

Different

The word has been attached to my thoughts. The thoughts going through my mind daily. Being different has always carried a negative connotation in my cognitive stream. If something was out of the norm, it often seemed to be wrong. Though being different can also be something positive. A person might be exceptionally skilled in … More Different

Taking A Spill

Jacobs ladder has been a piece of exercise equipment used for cardio work. The ladder also helps with coordination and balance. Jacobs ladder is exactly what you are thinking. It is a never-ending ladder. Climbing onto the ladder causes the rungs to move under your feet. Set at an approximate forty-five-degree angle. The concept involves … More Taking A Spill

The Window

Having cerebral palsy has been described as looking through a window at the world. Living with some degree of separation inside every situation encountered. The portion of separation from a typically developed world can vary. Sometimes, feeling far removed from the situation transpiring in the window. Other times, feeling close to experience the things other … More The Window

The Fair

We have come upon one of my favorite times of the year. Owning some of the best activities to partake in through the calendar. Being the lover of many sports. Fall provides the excitement of college football and the baseball playoffs. Another of the fun fall traditions has been the fair. The concerts, food, rides, … More The Fair

Gym Shape

The challenge was understanding the impact. The impact of being away from the gym. The facility was closed for about four months. Due to the pandemic, we have all found ourselves involved. There was an immediate impact felt when training sessions went back. The gym provided much more opportunity. The flexibility to use different machines. … More Gym Shape

Turkish Get Up

The time away from the gym environment has been exciting. Exploring training sessions using the advancements of modern technology. Providing the opportunity to remain in shape while remaining home. The sessions outside the gym were different from being inside a facility. We worked with everything at our deposal. Even ordering some new gadgets to help … More Turkish Get Up

Off to Oregon

The junior college experience was great. My first time moving away from home. Up the road to the north about ninety miles. Living on the campus of a university. Having the opportunity to experience life inside a dormitory. Getting the chance to enjoy meals inside a cafeteria. Surrounded by people of similar age for most … More Off to Oregon

Not Quite Ready

Leaving my hometown for college was a large step. Taking the risk of living somewhere different from a place of comfort. Because, living with cerebral palsy becomes more simplistic when surroundings are familiar. Having an understanding of the physical environment of each day. The knowledge of familiarity helps with the unpredictability of executing physical tasks. … More Not Quite Ready

My Hand Was Raised

Raising my hand was the natural action. Life had been spent in the shadow of others. Living in the background of many relationships. Feeling as though cerebral palsy was to blame for the position. It remained less complicated to follow the wishes of other people. Taking the ideas, they suggested for my life. Then, executing … More My Hand Was Raised