I was Born With Cerebral Palsy
By Every Family’s Got One Guest Writer — Amie Kroessig
I was born with Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy is a group of neurological disorders that affect motor and developmental skills. Thankfully, I have a mild case.
I still had to overcome many challenges in my life.
When you have Cerebral Palsy, everyday tasks that come naturally for most are challenges for me. Still, I’ve never let my disability define who I am. Through intense physical therapy, I have been able to lead a pretty typical life.
Growing up, my parents did not believe in the word can’t. They taught me that despite my disability I could achieve whatever I set my mind to.
They taught me the value of determination.
They taught me to never give up.
I’m eternally grateful for their sacrifices — and for believing in me.
When I was 3…
they signed me up for soccer.
They felt the extra physical activity would be beneficial for my health. Me? I absolutely fell in love with the sport.
I played every chance I got. Though I quickly realized I had to double my efforts if I wanted to keep up with my peers. But my hard work paid off – I played competitive soccer straight through high school, and even coached younger kids on club and rec teams.
Playing college soccer was my next goal. I knew realizing this dream would be challenging – yet I’m happy to report that I did it! I even had the opportunity to try out for the women’s semi-pro Atlanta team, and train with some professional women soccer players.
As you can see…
I’ve had struggles. Lots of them. I’ve also had accomplishments. Lots of them too.
Which led me to my current goal and passion – helping others with cerebral palsy. I work for the Cerebral Palsy Guide as a Patient Help Advocate. It’s an honor working with families, providing important information and support.
Cerebral Palsy Guide works diligently to reach out to as many families as we can to improve the quality of life and give every child the chance at a happy life.
this incredible resource and community was around when I was a kid. My parents would have had an easier time helping to manage my disability. Thankfully it’s here now.
Cerebral Palsy Guide shares the same mindset as my parents – Will never give up and will always believe in the families that we serve.
Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month is coming to an end, however, the support for families affected by cerebral palsy needs to continue. If you or a friend or family member needs support, Cerebral Palsy Guide is here – and so am I.
Amie Kroessig is a Patient Help Advocate for Cerebral Palsy Guide located at 1073 Willa Springs Drive Suite 2005, Winter Springs, FL 32708. If you have any question, give a call at (866) 882-9284.