The concept of the blog has emerged over the last few years, allowing us to follow Chloe's personal experiences as well as topical blog posts showing a broader understanding on disability-related topics. Over the last few years, Chloe has finished her GSCE's, completed her A- Levels and has now just started university studying Psychology & Child Development- all while keeping the blog going alongside her studying and getting heavily involved in the school community by being assistant head girl and coordinating backstage for many school productions. Chloe may find things physically challenging but this has not stopped her from gaining her bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and completing NCS, the National Citizenship Service Award. Many would agree that not only posts on the blog have become stronger but Chloe's confidence in herself and her writing has improved through raising awareness and gaining life- long friendships with other young people with CP.
As well as having Cerebral Palsy, Chloe writes about other conditions that she has in the hope that these areas can also gain awareness. She has epilepsy and has been having seizures for nearly 3 years now, something that is still pretty new in the grand scheme of things! As well has having Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain disorder, chronic fatigue and being registered as sight impaired. Despite all of these making life a little more challenging than normal, Chloe rarely lets these things stop her in any task she carries out.
On top of academic work, it is clear that Chloe strives to be as productive possible in her writing and raising awareness too. She started working with the organisation CP Teens UK back in 2014 as an ambassador and then had the privilege to become a head ambassador during 2016. Recent progressions of her work have also allowed her to expand her audience and write multiple times for organisations like Scope and The Mighty. She also has worked closely with her local MP, getting questions asked within parliament on the topic of disability hate crime after being involved in an incident herself. Chloe also was approached by an American author, Anne Eliot, back in 2015 and helped to produce a series of two books which featured a main character who had Cerebral Palsy. 'How I fall' and 'How I fly' was constructed with the help of Chloe's own experiences and insight that she was able to offer about growing up with CP.
During the journey of 'Life as a Cerebral Palsy student' Chloe has received a vast number of comments about the work that she is carrying out:
"Thank you for speaking honestly and humorously about disability. You help people like me to see that we are not alone."- April Parkes
Thank you for all the support that Chloe has received while writing this blog, it has gone from strength to strength in recent years, doubling her page views in 12 months (2016) from 13,000 to 26,000, with the current grand total being 49,000 views from around the world. Astonishingly, Chloe still receives amazing opportunities due to her continued commitment, striving to make a big difference in a small way.
Read more to find out what life is really like for a student who has Cerebral Palsy!