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UPDATE SPRING, 2017
Hi! My name is Katy Fetters and I have Cerebral Palsy. I was raised in Southern California and earned my BA in Liberal Arts from Soka University of America. I will begin a Master’s program in Media & Public Engagement at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the Fall of 2017. (I love academia!)
I am very excited to have moved into a new phase in life as a 20-something year old woman with cerebral palsy. And I want to keep writing & expressing myself as authentically as possible, while still being available to those who need support in dealing with CP as a young adult. In November 2016, I also entered a new realm of disability & technology & I talk about that on CP Strong as well. It has changed my life so much, that I felt as though I could only write about it on a new platform entirely. I hope you decide to check it out!
I am keeping this site alive in part because I can’t seem to erase several years of my online existence, but also because I believe this blog can still contribute something positive and real to the disability community & teens in need of some answers.
As of May 3rd, 2017 I will be disabling the comment/contact form as I will no longer be actively checking this website. if you would like to contact Katy, you can do so via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org & follow related social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
I try to live out my life like any other young woman would, and my hope is to motivate others like me to try to do the same! I have recently been publishing guest blogs about other teens and young adults who have Cerebral Palsy to continually inspire those who need it.
As with the many forms of the body, I have a mild form of Cerebral Palsy (spastic hemiplegia) that affects only the left side of my body. CP is most commonly found in twins and premature births (I am included in that commonality!) Personally, I deal with daily soreness and fatigue in my calf muscles, and ankle/foot area. But I never try to let it slow me down, I just do the best I can. I work very hard to stay healthy & active to make sure my body can keep up with the demands of my mind & my environment around me. The way I choose to describe CP is that everything just takes more time and effort. As you can imagine, having patience and perspective is key in dealing with CP, otherwise I would not be where I am today! See: What is Cerebral Palsy? For more information.
To keep myself strong and focused, I try to do some form of activity each day: strength training, biking, stretching, yoga, or just walking in the fresh outdoors to clear my head. By taking care of myself, I feel more and more ready to take on the challenges of CP everyday. In 2012 & 2013, I had surgeries in both feet to alleviate stress fractures. Sometimes, I am finding it more difficult to do the things I want to do but as with everything else in life, my body is a process and I am learning to have more patience and perseverance as I move forward in life.
My goal for this blog is to create a safe space for anyone struggling with CP. I want you to feel like this is where you belong, and that this can be a place you can come back to when you are facing the challenges that life with Cerebral Palsy brings upon us. Please feel free to talk with me about any problems you may be facing! If you have any questions, or just want someone to talk to about your unique lifestyle. I know what it feels like to walk around the halls with a little unwanted attention, or maybe some curious looks. Over the past few years, I feel as though I have cultivated such a cool online environment for the young adult CP community alongside many advocates, thinkers, and writer like myself. It has been such an incredible journey for me and I have all of my loyal TeenCP friends and readers to thank for the blog’s success.