Life’s a Journey With CP and Me

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Hello UCP-OC!

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the months go by, and has been awhile since I have written to all of you, so I’ll just give a quick little background on who I am and what I do for new readers.

My name is Katy Fetters and I am a sophomore at Soka Univeristy in Aliso Viejo, CA.  I also have cerebral palsy on the left side of my body and always have to be super conscious of my physical health as a result. I lack a lot of balance and coordination, but still try to stay active so my legs will be always be strong! Over the past year I have had to deal with a bad stress fracture in both of my feet due to my abnormal gait, and so I have really been stretching often and making sure I can avoid any more pain or surgeries. You could say this is the life of a college student with CP, ha!

Anyway—As important as it is that you know who I am is, that is not exactly what I want to talk to you about today! I would like to share with you that the Sea & Sky Guild’s Casino Royale is this Saturday, March 9th. Last year I was so kindly invited to be a guest speaker at their very successful fundraising event. Alongside CP Ironman and friend of UCP-OC, Bonner Paddock—I spoke about what it was like growing up with a physical disability and really tried to instill the importance of this fundraiser to the audience. It was a huge honor, and my first public speaking engagement about having CP. I was nervous but I knew it was important to talk about my experiences and to recognize how unique this center really is. As a child, I did not have a Life Without Limits Center to go to, I didn’t know anyone like me, and so I often went about life ignoring my disability. It was especially hard for me as I went into high school—feeling alone in this….Not having a center like UCP-OC when I was young, I always found it really difficult to make PT and CP a part of my routine day. My siblings and parents will agree when I say that I was the most stubborn child when it came to confronting my CP for what it was! So take it from me—the kids at UCP-OC may not realize it now, but the Life Without Limits Therapy Center is one of the most valuable centers around here for families and children with disabilities. It forces them to stretch, to interact with others, and to have that physical, social, and emotional support that they need! So please, if you are considering going to the Guild Event this next week, please go out and support Linda Beresford’s family and the Guild’s efforts to raise money for our community’s center!

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