Hi! My name is Chloe Tear, I am 20 years old and I'm a university student studying Psychology and Child Development. I have mild cerebral palsy which affects the left side of my body as a result of being born 8 weeks early and weighing 3lb 3oz, as well as epilepsy, chronic pain and impaired vision. During this blog, I will talk about what it’s like being a student who may face a few more hurdles than most. I hope you're able to follow my educational journey because anything can happen!
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Don't you just love it? The count down for the start of my GCSE exams is quickly approaching and nearly in single figure. Honestly I'm scared. I haven't posted in a long time and I miss it, who reads my blog anyway! Revision is starting and everyday of school counts. Like everybody else the quicker you realise that this is make or break time the better. There are loads of revision session at school now which is really good.
The one thing which is keeping us all rooted is the summer. The extra long summer, it's going to be great. When everybody is at school you can just chill; there will be no more homework, no more coursework, no deadline and most importantly no more exams! Unfortunately all good things must come to an end....
Next year I will staying on but in the sixth form. I am hoping to take textiles, English lit, health & social and psychology. I suppose it's just another step up the education ladder. Almost the oldest in the school; unfortunately that isn't going to stop me from getting knocked over in the corridors or carrying around the invisible brick so I can trip up over my own feet. But that's just me. Can't imagine it any other way. Having mild cerebral palsy might make it harder for me to get the grades I want with the constant tiredness and ever nagging pain, but it certainly isn't going to stop me.
At the moment it's the never ending mountain of coursework. Right now it's textiles (can't complain I love doing it) with border sheet for that and specification this. Just about to start making the final product, This is my final design drawing, let's hope the final product matches it :)
In order for me to complete university away from home, and get to lectures in one piece- a PA (Personal Assistant) has been vital in me being able to be as independent as possible. I have actually enjoyed the process of hiring PA’s despite it being a little stressful to find one in time. Yet, when looking for a PA, it had to be someone who could drive as well as being capable to suit all of my needs. By having a car it would mean that I could get to hospital appointments easily. However, when advertising it was often extremely hard to find someone who was fairly young (not that this is essential!), was capable of the job, could drive and was okay being with people aged 19- 21 all of the time. After 30+ applications it became clear this was all quite a big ask! Who knows my full medical history? Who would have experience in Cerebral Palsy, seizures and visual impairment? Who can drive and wouldn’t mind being with young adults all day? Who would actually quite enjoy lectures? There is a…
Dear Chloe, You're currently 7 years old and are about to embark on a journey of a lifetime. This journey will show you the world in a completely new light, it will show you things you never thought you would see, and allow you to meet people you might otherwise have never met. Unfortunately, this journey is tough, it will test you past the limits you thought you had and cause so much frustration and upset- but you are capable of overcoming this, you can find tremendous joy in every aspect of your life. You have just been diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy. You have never heard of this, and have no idea what it is! But don't worry- mum's done lots of research and has your back! These hospital appointments may seem strange, and unnecessary as you don't think anything is wrong, but it will all become clear with time. Ever wondered why you walk on your toes and fall over more than your friends? Ever wondered why you can't hop, struggle with maths and feel tired? Or hav…
Like any new mobility aid, the cane was going to take some time to get used to. I may not have liked the idea of it all to begin with, but I felt the same when I started using a wheelchair and a walking stick- there seems to be a theme here! Yet, this felt slightly different, entering a new medical world of visual impairment.
After being registered as partially sighted in February, it was advised that using a white cane would be beneficial due to how my visual impairment affects my sight. I am not going to lie, this was a shock. If you have read previous posts on this then you'll know that I did decide to learn how to use a long cane in an attempt to stop myself tripping up over things, but I was quite apprehensive about using a long cane.
To begin with I did find it helpful during the training sessions and saw how it could be really useful for myself, but using it was another thing all together. The first time I used my white cane was when I was looking in a few shops with my fam…