I have a 9 yr old son that has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and cortical vision impairment. When he was diagnosed at 4 months we had no idea of all that this diagnosis entailed and how it would affect our lives.
Let me just say that it has been a different type of whirlwind. We have had our ups and downs with the ups winning. My son is totally dependent on us with all things like feeding, bathing, he is still in diapers, etc. He has started talking some which is wonderful.
Despite all this my son has made a positive impact on our lives. He has introduced my husband and me to a special world with wonderful people. Through my son I have met some of the most amazing children and adults that I would not have otherwise had the opportunity to meet.
We have experienced things and people that would have been lost to us otherwise. We have our moments of frustration like any other family but overall life is great. My son has opened my eyes in ways I never thought possible. I know he will probably always be with us and I will tell you that I look forward to a lifetime with him.
We all feel frustration, it is normal. In life there are all types of situations and ours is just a special one that adds adventure and hope and love. Our son is truly a blessing and will continue to enhance our lives.
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Did you know the body adjusts its biological rhythm according to the foods that we eat and the changes we experience in our environment? We’ve all heard that what we consume has a huge impact on our health and wellness, but did you know that in many different cultures, it’s no coincidence that fasting and omitting certain foods from our diet occurs when the seasons change? The body rids itself of toxins and prepares for changes in both the weather and availability of certain foods. Fascinating!
Want to learn more? Health in Motion Rehabilitation center located in Toronto, Ontario will be holding their “Special Needs Nutrition Workshop” between 11 a.m.and 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at the Bathurst Medical Building. The free workshop will cover:
- ways to improve digestion
- insight on how certain foods can affect your child
- tips for a healthy lifestyle
- other nutrition related topics for children with special needs
About Presenter Natan Gendelman, D.O.M.P.
Natan Gendelman is licensed as a physical therapist in Russia and Israel, and is certified as a kinesiologist and osteopathy manual practitioner in Canada. Natan has more than 20 years of experience providing treatment for neurological conditions. He is the director of Health in Motion Rehabilitation located in Toronto, ON.
Call 1-416-250-1904 or register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on Health in Motion Rehabilitation and its programs, visit the Health in Motion Rehabilitation website at:
Enrollment is limited.
(For those outside the Toronto area, perhaps we can request a link to their awesome presentation tidbits!… I’ll keep you posted!)
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- How milk and milk products can pose problems despite their nutritional benefits
- The connection between junk food diets and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Nutrition and the first days of spring
- LIFE (Learning Independent Function Everyday) program information
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My name is Roderick Oishi. I’m 52 years old (Born 1959 in Honolulu Hawaii) and have Cerebral Palsy (Mild). I too went to special school when I was young and transferred to a regular school. Many of my family members had thought of me as not normal and did not think I stood a chance of being independent because of my Condition, yet I have graduated from high school and went to do work for awhile at vocational rehab centers.
I wanted more of a challenge and moved on and did volunteer work for such a place as the Maritime Center (Falls of Clyde) and the Mighty Mo. In May of 1998 I had decided to try out for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and as of now I’m one of few people who has gotten in to this volunteer organization. I have been with it for 14 years and it has changed my life.
I have overcome a lot of Obstacles despite being physically challenged. It helped me to realize that I can be normal like everyone else!
(Posted by MyChild at Mr. Oishi’s urging. Mr. Oishi wishes to share his journey in hopes that his story will help inspire others with cerebral palsy to overcome the obstacles in their lives.)