What Hemiplegia means to me…

For @Hemihelp’s Hemiplegia Awareness Week, here is my Acrostic piece…

Hemiplegia…

Has been a challenge, but we all have different challenges in life, my hemiplegia is just one to meet, others have bigger obstacles

Even though it was tough growing up with a “different looking hand” I realised by adulthood that your personality defines you, not just your disability

My parents really helped and encouraged me to defy the doctors who said I wouldn’t play sports

I have lots of people to thank along the way for their time, love & support

Positive thinking always helps!

Left handed hemiplegia is something I now cherish, not regret having

Electric tin openers and automatic cars are fantastic for folks with hemi (why would you use a manual one given the choice?! LOL)

Gym work has enabled me to push the boundaries of what I thought my hemi side could do

I’m always open to people asking ‘what happened to your hand?’

And finally, my left hand is not ‘weaker’, it just has a different structure!

Published by Matt Elson

Bringing you the latest in not only my personal journal into the world of disability Bodybuilding, but a discovery into latest events, profiles, news and promoting awareness of this great sport Based in Bristol in the UK, I’ve been competing in Disability Bodybuilding for the last 3 years in a journey which has taken me all over the country to national, international & world championships and I am so so grateful for that opportunity that had changed my life. Living with Cerebal Palsy has its challenges, but everyone has their individual hurdles to negotiate. Gaining strength both physically & mentally and adapting to the surrounding is all part of this journey. This is a mission to raise awareness, to promote our great category to develop opportunities for others. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss more!

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