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Featured Spotlight: TeenCP in 2015!

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Hi All,

I do hope your November is off to a good start! I’d like to give a warm thank you to James Randolph of Artiscend, a digital archive spotlighting inspiring stories from artists, musicians & people from all over. This article below is a lovely profile piece on me & TeenCP. I really appreciate how genuine these words come across, especially as they are so personal to me & everyone who has been alongside my internet journey. The power of voice proves to be yet another way to extend our reach beyond amazement!

What is Artiscend?

“Our job is to be the avenue for the talented craftsmen and artists who want to see their work appropriately spotlighted and for the patrons of those artists to have a place to express their appreciation.We always feel like those who deserve it most are those who are appreciated least and we hope to help change that. Musicians can receive direct support from their fans,  Application designers and game developers will have a platform to receive credit and contribution from the technology they’ve created and inspired. Wherever the artists are changing the world, we’ll be there to help them realize their vision.”

Click me: >>>Artiscend Article on TeenCP

Hope you enjoy it, I know I did! 🙂

-Katy

UCP National Awards Dinner & Celebration

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Hi Everyone!

 I am dedicating this post to my mother and father, because you are the best (obviously) and I love you both so much! Thank you for supporting me in all that I do in life, I don’t know where I would be without your patience, your inspiration, and encouragement over the years. 

I hope all is well on this lovely Friday afternoon! It is a beautiful 85 degrees out today, can you say summertime? Ahh, the sun is my love. Soooo…. I finally have a chance to sit down and write to you all, about last weekend down in San Diego. Where to begin? Well for those of you who don’t know already, I was awarded the United Cerebral Palsy National “Outstanding Youth of the Year” award for 2013!! I was very excited to be nominated by the UCP center here in Orange County, and I found out I would be receiving the award a few weeks ago. Still hasn’t hit me yet!

I think this is one of the moments that I’ll never forget–it was very surreal for me to be recognized on the national level for all my efforts over the years! I felt so special, and so honored to be attending with such inspiring CP peers and volunteers. I was amazed at how all of these people come together to work toward bettering the CP community for all of us. To be quite honest, I felt fairly unprepared for this event! It was a “bigger deal” than I imagined, and once I arrived I started to realize what kind of night I was in for! Everyone I met somehow knew my name, and knew I was being honored with this title. I was so flattered, but at the same time, it made me feel so proud of myself! I have enjoyed so much, getting to connect with all of my TeenCP friends that I hardly find this something to be awarded for, at times. But this night really put it all into perspective. I was greeted by several important people from the UCP National office from Washington D.C. and then met with actor (Breaking Bad) R.J. Mitte and co-host TV actress Cheryl Hines. What a cool experience! My parents and I were seated along with our friends from the UCP-OC center. For any of the other awardees reading this right now, congratulations to you all, and thank you for your dedication to improving the lives of others with and without CP! I was so moved and inspired by your words of encouragement as you shared your personal stories. What a great night we all had.

As for myself, I hadn’t prepared much of a “speech” in comparison to the other awardees, but I think I managed to send out my thank you’s and blessings before I got off the podium. Part of me wishes I had said more and told more of “my story” behind TeenCP and my efforts, but just hearing the audience’s loud and supportive applause left me warmhearted and a little bit speechless! Of course, my legs started to shake immediately…nerves and CP aren’t the best combo, as I’m sure many of you know! So I just want to extend my thanks to everyone who attended this conference, who took time out of their busy schedule to fly in and discuss important issues related to CP and disabilities. I didn’t have a center like UCP when I was younger, and seeing all of these people there for “my” cause made me feel so incredibly happy. To know that there are resources out there for families and young children with disabilities gives me great comfort. Again, thank you everyone at the UCP National Conference for your dedication, and also for believing in what I do. I think it is so important to raise awareness about all the young adults with CP that are coming into our world. We all can make a difference if we just belief in our potential, right? Sharing the positive and negative aspects of CP is also so important, I feel because it shows others that they are not alone in their struggles, and that there is always something about life to look forward to. We are all here to learn, to love, and to grow–and I’m just here to share that with everyone! I wouldn’t be here writing to you all today if it wasn’t for all the support and positive feedback I have received over the years. My TeenCP friends have guided me just as much as I attempt to guide others! It gives me great pleasure, writing, speaking, and sharing about my experiences because I know that maybe I making someone smile, or feel more at ease in that moment. Thank you, everyone for allowing me to do so.

As I am entering my 20’s, I feel more and more comfortable with my body and who I am becoming–but I always know I have a long way to go each and every day–and knowing that I have my online community to share that experience with makes me breathe easier at the end of the day. People often ask how I feel about being this “figure” for young teens and young adults, and I am never quite sure how to respond to that question. It is a blessing to be considered a role model, and I think that last weekend at the UCP dinner was a confirmation of that discovery; a real turning point for me is to realize that the voice that I have as a young woman with Cerebral Palsy is one that people listen to and respond to. I become emotional as I write this now, and I think it is because it is all so happily overwhelming for me, to feel like a leader. It brings me joy, pride, and confidence; confidence that I did not have 4 years ago, when I began blogging as a teen with CP!

In conclusion, I am also happy to announce that in the next few weeks I will have an article featured in four local Orange County Magazines that discuss my contribution to the CP community and what it is like to have CP as a college student! I hope to see an online version that I will be able to share with you all. Check back in, in the next few weeks and “like” the TeenCP Facebook Page!

Thanks for reading, have a beautiful weekend, my beautiful people!

-Katy

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RJ Mitte, Me (Katy Fetters), and Cheryl Hines!

UCP-OC feature & a quote of the night…

Hello TeenCP!

Before I start, what do you guys think of the new latout? Some of my older posts won’t have a featured image, but I’m still working out all the kinks (with all the tech skills that I have of course, ha!)

Anyway, how awesome is this: United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County is now having me write a monthly post on their blog talking about being a young adult with CP! It is great to bring in such a unique aspect of having CP than most people at UCP are used to…many of the visitors are parents of young children with disabilities, so I am interested to hear their reaction from my thoughts and experiences. I am feeling pretty excited about this, because it brings forth a whole new spectrum of people within this community I would have never had the pleasure of writing to had I not started this blog two years ago! And really when it all comes down to it, I am only in this position because of you all who continue to read my blog! So I thank you for keeping me motivated to keep on writing even when the goings get tough.

Here http://ucpoc.wordpress.com/2011/09/16/lifes-a-journey-with-cp-and-me/ is a link to the little feature for you all to read, but just know that you guys are my number ONE go-to people in the blogging world! I have been doing a lot of writing about CP on OMF and now UCP-OC, (see blogroll on the right) but TeenCP always has been and always will be my home base 🙂 No one knows any better about living with CP as a teen than you all on here, right?? Anyway, what I am truly getting at is, I am feeling truly blessed right now, to be able to speak out to so many people on so many different levels.
Most importantly, I feel I owe this all to the  TeenCP followers and all the moral support you guys give me…I know there is never much action going on in the comments, but some of your emails that I receive make me smile and make this all worth while. Your words help me when I am down just as much as you think that I my experiences help you.

I had a thought jumbled up in my mind all day after I spoke with a friend yesterday about my transition from my home life to college life… and I translated it into this:

The truth may be shameful, it may seem bleak… But recognizing that truth shows that you are not weak.

Over the past few weeks, I have definitely enjoyed the process of transitioning into college, don’t get me wrong here… but lately I’ve been just having some troubling facing some truths of my own. I have been making things so difficult for myself I think, at school…It’s like once the semester came I immediately wanted to crawl up in the fetal position and say NOOOO life is starting!! When instead, I couldn’t see the exciting part of that (YAYYY life is starting!! I am free to be ME all on my own!) And slowly, I am turning my thoughts into positive ones…I am still learning that life is not supposed to be easy, life is about challenges and overcoming those challenges, and living it to the fullest more importantly… change is not always going to be easy… and CP doesn’t make it any easier my any means. I worry about my health, stretching and all of the other fun stuff about having CP brings forth.  This dramatic change that I am experiencing as I begin life on my own is making me realize all of this in the truest sense.

Back to what I was saying earlier, once I got off the phone with my friend, it was almost as if a wave of relief washed over me… My friend is right, this is my time, I am free to become who I am meant to be….I am not tied down by anything or anyone! The freedom is intimidating, but it is refreshing. I think that in order to make the most of this newfound freedom, I have to let go of any self doubt I hold, let go of my CP, let go of anything that is holding me back from being strong and CONFIDENT and go for it. Do any college CP friends have any advice out there? Anything you guys learned during a tough change in your life that you would like to share? I think we would all love to hear about it! I hope my honesty allows you to feel like you can be honest on here as well… we are all in this CP thing together, right?

Alright, I am mentally, emotionally, and physically tired now…

Goodnight all!

-Katy