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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May seem silly but I love quotes! I thought I would share my
favourites with you. I know for some people (me included) it is exam season
which can be stressful- here is some positive quotes to keep you going...
How am I going to be an optimist about this? The best thing
about the worst time of your life is that you get to see the true colours of
everyone. If your always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing
you can be. Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart
you were meant to do. To thrive in life you need three bones, a wishbone, a
back bone and a funny bone. People cry, not because they’re weak, it’s because
they’ve been strong for too long. The pessimist complains about the wind, the
optimist expects it to change, the realist adjusts the sail. Ego- take off the
E and let’s go! Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from
overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t. It’s supposed to be hard,
if it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it, the hard is what makes it great. The
best is yet to come. Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be
smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you. The
strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us, but those who
are fighting battles without anyone knowing. The harder you fall the higher you
bounce. Giving up DOESN’T always mean you are weak, sometimes it means you are
strong and smart enough to let go and move on. Tough times don’t last, tough
people do. Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an
illusion. Our reaction to a situation literally has the power to change the
situation. Don’t be like the rest of them darling. You are always the reason
why somebody will be smiling. Be stronger than your excuses. Never let your
struggles become your identity. Do it with compassion or not at all. The only
time you should look back is to see how far you have come. Someday is not a day
of the week. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you
something else is the greatest achievement. I’m stronger because of my hard
times, wiser because of my mistakes, and happier because of my sad experiences.
We don’t know strong we are until being strong is the only choice we have. If
you give up, it’s over, but if you don’t, the day will come when you’ll be glad
you didn’t give up. Life is the most difficult exam, many people fail because
they are trying to copy others, not realising that everyone has a different
question paper. I am a strong person but every now and then I also need someone
to take my hand and say everything will be alright. Just try, have a go, you
never know what you will achieve. You were given this life because you are
strong enough to live it.You can do it,
and you will do it. It will be better tomorrow, if it isn’t then there is
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…