A Cornwall woman with cerebral palsy is myth-busting about living with the illness.
Amanda Brokenshire, of Foxhole, says that as a child her parents were often told that she was “just lazy” when at two-and-a-half-years old, Amanda was not reaching expected milestones and showing any signs of walking.
But after spending her toddler years embroiled in these issues, her parents knew something was wrong and she was eventually diagnosed with a mild form of cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is the name for a group of lifelong conditions that affect movement and co-ordination, caused by a problem with the brain that occurs before, during or soon after birth.
It affects each person differently and can be difficult to predict what a life with cerebral palsy will look like for each individual.
56-year-old Amanda, said: “There are all kinds of different degrees of it. There are some people who have got it who are in wheelchairs, can’t speak and can’t do anything for themselves and then people like me who manage just fine”.
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