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An ‘old’ young woman with Cerebral Palsy

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*This blog post first featured as an article for Scope*

My name is Chloe Tear, I am 20 years old and am studying Psychology and Child Development. I have mild Cerebral Palsy that affects my legs and left arm, as well as being registered as partially sighted. In my free time I am a blogger and freelance writer, with my platform being called ‘Life as a Cerebral Palsy student’ which I have written for the last 5 years. My blog can be found at: www.cpstudentblog.blogspot.co.uk
What do you see when you look at me? Do you see a young woman who is at university and having fun with her family and friends? Or do you see an old woman who can be hunched over with a walking stick and who’s eyesight is decreasing way beyond her years?

I hope it was the initial option, yet I am likely to be the first to joke at how much of an ‘old woman’ I can be. Laughing about certain aspects of my disability may seem criminal to some. However, making light of a situation can encourage a more open outlook and make …

Why do I describe myself as wobbly?

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A few weeks ago I was participating in Student Council at university. The training was to prepare us for the next academic year as we had been elected for a role within the Student Union. For me, this is the role of Disabilities Officer. At the start of the training we were asked to describe ourselves in a few word. I said the first word that came to mind: wobbly
Despite being a way to introduce my disability to a room of almost strangers, it does sum me up pretty well. It wasn't like I felt the need to explain my disability (after all, I was there because I had just been elected for the position of Disabilities Officer) but I do tend to use humour in most situations. Yes, there is a time to be all serious, but if you can laugh about something then why not? Joking about your disability can help to normalise it in a social situation, but also shows other you are quite open about it and it isn't such a big deal. I hope I come across as open and that others feel they could ask m…

5 years for 'Life as a Cerebral Palsy student'

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25th March 2013- 25th March 2018
The work of a mere moment, now most of you will know how this blog began- yet it's intentions were not to be here 5 years later. I am proud to be able to say I am the writer of this blog and I am proud of what it has enabled me to achieve. To put it simply- I was lost. I was always supported and this support from family is something I am very lucky to have, but I was still lost. Stuck between what I wanted my body to do and what I was capable of achieving.


Up to this point I had been able to keep up with friends, with the disabling affects of Cerebral Palsy being pretty minimal. I was not particularly a fan of splints when I was younger but I just accepted that they were there. At the age of fifteen CP had resigned to a back seat and that's how I liked it. However, the back seat was no longer good enough- how could I justify the pain I was in or the fact that keeping up with the able- bodied appearance was no longer as easy as it once was.
I gu…

Eye can do this...

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As most of you probably know, I'm registered as partially sighted and have been for a year now- it's gone super fast! They say having a disability can be a bit of a rollercoaster, and having a visual impairment is no exception to this. You will have fantastic highs, daunting lows and tight corners that come out of nowhere. Much like a rollercoaster, it is just one big loop that keeps on going!
Last night was a combination of a tight corner that came out of nowhere and an abruped downward slope that’s taken me by surprise. Resulting in an ugly crying session, hugs and hot chocolate. I haven’t really got upset about my eyesight before. Yeah, there has been the odd moment of reflection, but I often didn’t have time to dwell on it for long. When I was officially diagnosed as partially sighted it was a bit of a shock, and when I got my cane it was also a bit of a shock- yet somehow I wasn’t too fazed by these changes to my life. Maybe because I am used to a range of mobility equipme…

Book Review- Letters To Louis

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"I've never quite known where to begin when someone asks me what I've been up to. I've never quite known how to explain what your daily life is like. I wanted to write about it in order to give others a greater understanding of disability and caring. And I wanted to be totally honest, I wanted to write something that would make people consider being Louis's friend.
So this is me introducing you: Louis, this is your story. Readers, this is my son."- Alison White
It is always exciting when disability is represented in books, as this is not something that happens everyday. It is even more exciting to me personally when the book features Cerebral Palsy. So let me introduce you to 'Letter To Louis'. A beautifully written book which is honest and so heartfelt- while raising awareness at the same time. Written in such a way that make you feel like you've got for coffee with Alison and she is just telling you a story.
The book is broken up to chapters depe…

Let's talk about disability

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I am no stranger when it comes to talking about disability. It is actually something I am quite happy to talk about, whether this is in a blog post or in person. However, Scope have found that two thirds of people feel awkward around disability, and I believe this needs to change.

Disability is not something that should be feared by others and Scope's Role Model scheme has set out to challenge this notion.

The aim of Scope Role Model's is to end the awkward before it begins by delivering workshops to secondary school students (primarily in Year 8) and just letting them as questions in an open and safe environment. I understand that people may not ask questions about disability because they are worried about saying the wrong thing- or even offending that person. As a result, it has led to a stigma around disability and could even be described as a taboo topic. After delivering one of these sessions myself I have fallen in love with it even more! The hour session is a combination…

Employment is round the corner

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Employment is closer than I think, and that in itself is terrifying! The uncertainties about employment are what make it seem daunting, when in actual fact I'm also excited for what the next chapter has in store. However, before I even starting thinking about a job, I still need to find a suitable work placement for the end of this academic year!
At the grand age of 19, I've never had a job. I've babysat for some friends and volunteered in a charity shop for a few months, but nothing more then that. This doesn't mean I don't want a job, or that I would be incapable of getting any kind of job- quite the opposite! People of my age tend to work in pubs, restaurants, retail or in cafes. There is nothing wrong with these jobs at all, but can you imagine me carrying multiple plates and drinks across a busy room with multiple obstacles?! I might try this for a laugh, but I'd be paying them for the broken items at the end of it! 
As well as finding a job that is practica…

Don't Pre-judge the Pre-cut!

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We all are a prone to choosing connivence foods- myself included. In today's society we are more likely to pick up these items to save time and make it easier in the kitchen. Whether you have a family to feed or are working longer hours (or both!) then pre- prepared food will be more enticing during the dreaded weekly shop.
However, last week an article was published on Huffington Post titled: M&S Pulls 'Cauliflower Steak': Other Supermarkets Also Sell Over-Packaged Vegetables which shames supermarkets for their unneeded plastic packaging. This started when a customer went to twitter to share her concerns about the product. After gaining a large following the 'Cauliflower Steak' has now been removed from M&S shelves.


But why is this bad? Cutting down on the use of unneeded plastic will benefit the planet and follows Theresa May's long- term plastic ban in the process. Like tweet above illustrates, why buy sliced cauliflower when you can buy a whole one …

The 'BIG' Little Things of 2017

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I will not be the first person to say that this year has gone really fast, and most probably will not be the last. Seriously though, where has 2017 gone! Focusing on the little victories can help to get you through a hard week, it can be the light at the end of the tunnel. Yet at the end of the year, it is these small victories which can be the most influential things that have happened. 
CP Teens UK became a registered charity
Okay, this isn't a little thing as such, but it cannot be missed. On Thursday 16th March I was sat in a lecture and received a message from Ellie (the founder of CP Teens UK) saying that we were officially a registered charity. That one message meant so much and attempting to focus on the lecture was very hard, it was such a milestone. Gaining charity status is a VERY long process and something that had taken a lot of dedication and effort from Ellie and her mum. By becoming a charity, CP Teens has had the chance to expand so much this year, get their own of…