Hi! My name is Chloe Tear, I am 19 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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The Year 12 mountain- COMPLETE
Summer has arrived, what a relief!!!
7 weeks off to recharge, relax and have some fun :)
Year 12 has been mad. Like each year of education, it's a step up from what you are used to- having to learn more and more each time. Oh and the university preparation. I'd be lying if I said it was an easy step up from GCSE's, but in reality that's probably true for the majority of people studying at college or sixth form. When you think it will be fine with only 4 subjects and free periods- oh how wrong! The coursework, exams, extra curricular, but let's not forget and the fun, the memories and amazing experiences along the way.
Year 12 however has been an amazing year, doing things within school like supporting younger students through reading club and peer mentoring. Also I've had the opportunity of being head of backstage for the school production of Grease- again! Being in the production, and joining in with the schools dance challenge also meant I got to be on the radio and in the school magazine (it's show business guys, excuse the cheese!)
As well as Year 12 proving challenging for a large number of reasons, it has also been extremely rewarding. If you would have asked me to do a speech everyday, in front of the whole school, over the course of the week, I would have laughed, or possibly cried... I wouldn't say I'm shy, but can be if I don't know people. Even the thought of standing up in front of an audience terrifies me- even now! However this year I believe that with the support of some members of staff I have gained a lot more confidence, and I applied for head girl.
When I applied I just wanted the experience, to see if I could talk in front of that many people. So when I got an interview I was really nervous, but excited. All of the candidates were amazing people, all of whom would have made an amazing head girl. The first speech was to my year group, I would tell you about it, apart from I can't, all I can remember is shaking like crazy- but apparently went quite well. As the week went on it got better and better, by Friday I couldn't wait, it had become more fun and less scary. After (what must have been incredibly difficult) deliberation I was given the position of assistant head girl, which I am both shocked and absolutely delighted with. Just can't wait to put it to good use next year!!!
Results day is only around the corner- 13th August. I guess that will be when the end of year 12 comes. The Year 12 mountain has been long, tiring, rewarding and unforgettable.
In the meantime I have a pretty mad summer (shocking I know.... Certainly not like me at all!). Surrounded by hospital appointments, days out with friends and film days. I also am going to Wales on Monday to complete the first section of NCS (national citizenship service), more to follow on that very soon!
Hope you all have a lovely summer, and get the results you all deserve! :)
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…
I am a part-time wheelchair user, this means that one day I can use my chair, and the next I can be walking with my stick. Being able to use a wheelchair on a part-time basis allows me to managed my energy levels and reduce pain, allowing me to function more effectively in everyday life. I am exactly the same person whether I use my stick or my chair, so why does the behaviour of others sometimes change?
Over the last few years, I have noticed people act differently to me depending on the equipment that I am using at that time, yet it was when doing my food shopping, of all things, that made me realise what those differences were.
I've noticed that when I use my stick, people don't tend to mind. I sometimes get a few inquisitive looks as they tried to figure out why a 19- year- old is using a walking stick, but apart from that it is fine. People in shops talk to me, telling me how much the items cost and expect me to pay- good job really considering it is my food for the week…