The first week of May in #CPChatNow was hopping as always. Members discussed about honoring their family, Zach’s new book, shoes and CP, and exercises and CP. This is #CPChatNow co-host, Devin Axtman, taking you along for the ride on this week’s recap. Hop on the recap train, all aboard!
First, I want to recognize and honor Hannah’s dad’s memory. Hannah is a valued member of #CPChatNow and one of the toughest people I know. We love you Hannah!
Next, I would love to promote Zach’s book on his journey to becoming a marathoner with CP, Slow and Cerebral. You can find it here.
Next, Stephen asked about a common annoyance for people with CP, shoes. Stephen asked people how many shoes they go through in a given year. Alessandro also shared his Air Jordan collection.
Finally, members discussed another common topic with CP, CP friendly exercises. Veronica also shared a tremendous link with some resources.
This brings us to the week’s Extend-The-Conversation Question: What is your favorite exercise to help your CP?
Thanks for joining us on this week’s recap and join us tomorrow and every Wednesday at 8 Eastern on Twitter at #CPChatNow.
Accomplishment remained a key theme during the cerebral palsy Twitter chat #CPChatNow Wednesday, April 27th, 2022. To tell you more, I am chat co-host Zachary Fenell. Come and join me for your weekly recap.
The accomplishment theme began with members in our community helping me celebrate an achievement.
My achievement I teased in the chat’s opening minutes, saying “I’ve had an exciting week.” Although, Blemi and Veronica had already seen the news. They both sent congratulatory messages my way. For those who had not seen my news, I quickly shared the reason for my excitement.
Prior to April 27th I announced through my social media outlets that I had released my new memoir, Slow and Cerebral. The book details how I did not let my CP stop me from becoming a marathoner. Thanks to Amazon, Slow and Cerebral is available in multiple countries, including the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom.
Thank you for tolerating my cheap plug. Now let me resume recapping the April 27th chat. Stephen kept the conversation focused on accomplishments by asking a question.
Specifically, Stephen asked, “Do you think that when you have something that able people have that is a big accomplishment?” I answered, offering my opinion on accomplishments. In my opinion, “Big accomplishments should be measured in context with the person achieving them, not in comparison to who else has accomplished the same thing.”
Additionally, my co-host Devin Axtman responded to Stephen’s question. Devin said, “Depends on what it is.” Chris would share similar sentiments.
As Chris noted, “There are things that are universally big accomplishments.” She continued, correlating how feats achieved by people with disabilities get praised as “inspiring.” Nonetheless, Chris specified “But getting up and going to work or having a relationship… Those things are not inspiring, because they are expected.”
Said discussion progressed to highlight how setting goals to coincide with societal expectations could end up damaging. Let us stay positive though, and keep the conversation going by answering for the week’s extend-the-conversation question, “What do you consider your biggest accomplishment?”
After answering, make sure to mark your calendar for #CPChatNow each and every Wednesday. The fun begins at 8pm ET.
Each and every Wednesday those in the cerebral palsy (CP) community learn from each other thanks to the live Twitter chat #CPChatNow. Today I, chat co-host Zachary Fenell, will highlight the lessons learned during the chat Wednesday, April 20th, 2022. Welcome to your weekly recap!
Before I start recapping, I acknowledge I am late posting this. The reason for the tardiness I explained to my co-host Devin Axtman during our Twitter chat Wednesday, April 27th, 2022.
Earlier in the week I finally released my new book Slow and Cerebral. The memoir details how I did not let my cerebral palsy stop me from becoming a marathoner. Spreading word about Slow and Cerebral‘s release led to the day getting away from me.
Enough dwelling on why I am late with the recap, though. Instead, let me actually get to recapping. Through general discussion Wednesday, April 20th the subject of medications arose.
After I mentioned I take baclofen to relieve my spasticity, Casey asked me if I still find the medication helpful. Noting her body grew use to the medicine, causing her to need to take something else.
Casey would go on to name tizanidine as what she takes now. Another participant, Chris, recognized tizanidine as zanaflex. Chris recalled “I was on max oral baclofen, zanaflex AND Clonazepam. It barely put a dent in the spasticity and pain.” However, Chris eventually found relief with the baclofen pump. She described the pump as “magical.”
Altogether the medication conversation allowed us to learn about the different options which exist for managing spasticity. The learning continued when I asked a question about assistive equipment.
Curious, I asked participants “Is there any piece of assistive equipment which you feel would improve your life?” My curiosity stemming from contemplation over purchasing an adult trike. The trike conversation parlayed into Chris mentioning her podiatrist. In response I said, “Speaking of podiatry, I need to get new inserts for my shoes.”
Refreshing my memory on a past recommendation, Chris commented, “I think I suggested Hanger Orthotics?” Indeed Chris had made that recommendation to the group in the past. Calling Hanger Clinic (who provide services nationally), “Great to work with.” Adding, “It was so awesome to be able to get shoes there, know they would work, and be accessible with insurance.”
What recommendations do you have for others with cerebral palsy? Keep the conversation going and answer for the extend-the-conversation question, “What company or product would you recommend to your peers with CP?”
As you sort through any recommendations in the “Comments” section, please remember cerebral palsy’s varying impact on us. What works for somebody else might not work for you. If a suggestion intrigues you, check with a medical professional and discuss the option with them.
Until next time, remember. Don’t blend in. Blend out!
This is #CPChatNow co-host, Devin Axtman, taking you along for the ride on this week’s recap. Members discussed walking, their strategy when leaving big events, and people without disabilities showing their privilege. All aboard!
First, Stephen brought up the exciting fact that he is walking again and the independence it allows him to feel. Zach and I discussed how mobility devices can also lead to feelings of independence.
Chris tweeted about her goals to be more active:
Next, members discussed a common issue that people with CP and other issues face, deciding to leave events early to beat the crowd or stay later after people had left to allow the crowd to disperse.
Finally, Stephen brought up that he feels that people without disabilities do not always check their privilege. Chris and I discussed what we felt were examples of this during the pandemic.
This brings us to our Extend-The-Conversation Question: What are some ways you feel people without disabilities have privilege? Please share your answers in the comments and join us tomorrow at 8 Eastern on #CPChatNow.
Participants in the weekly cerebral palsy Twitter chat #CPChatNow discussed various topics Wednesday, March 30th, 2022. To tell you more, I am chat co-host Zachary Fenell. Welcome to your weekly recap.
An enthusiastic member of our community, Stephen, helped to get the conversation started.
Stephen asked how people feel about the phrase “differently able.” I replied, saying I find attitudes more important than any one phrase. In particular noting, “You can use the ‘right’ words but have a patronizing attitude.” Personally, I do not have time for people who want to patronize me.
Meanwhile my co-host, Devin Axtman, called language “a personal thing.” A fact Chris also demonstrated in her answer to Stephen’s question. Chris explained she used differently able a long time ago, but now she prefers disabled. A preference she gained through experience over the years.
Though, along with age, comes other impact. A topic which arose as the chat continued March 30th.
This subject came to the surface after Stephen asked participants if they found CP harder to cope with when you were younger or older. Both Chris and Veronica mentioned cerebral palsy becoming more difficult to cope with as they grew older. Veronica specifically saying, “No one informed me all CP levels can affect aging though and I’d have to deal with premature aging.”
As the evening progressed, discussion drifted to other subjects. For example, challenging surfaces to walk on.
Devin sparked the hardest surface to walk on subject by asking everyone what they think the hardest surface to walk on is. He himself said the ocean floor. Blemi answered saying cobblestone sidewalks. I replied saying sand. What do you think? Keep the conversation going and answer for the week’s extend-the-conversation question, “What do you think is the hardest surface to walk on?”
Answer below in the “Comments.” Then mark your calendar to join us each and every Wednesday on Twitter. The fun begins at 8pm ET.
This past week in #CPChatNow was rolling as always. Members discussed happenings from their lives such as cooking classes, updates on their book, and walking on pavement versus grass. This is #CPChatNow co-host, Devin Axtman, taking you along for the ride on this week’s recap. All aboard!
First, Veronica shared a cooking experience she won with Chef Michelle Bernstein.
Also, Zach shared the latest update on his book about becoming a marathoner, Slow and Cerebral.
Finally, Zach asked members what surface is easiest for them to walk on, pavement or grass.
This brings us to our Extend-The-Conversation Question: What do you feel is the hardest surface to walk on? Please share your answers in the comments and join us at 8 Eastern each Wednesday on Twitter at #CPChatNow!
This past week in #CPChatNow was exciting as always. Members discussed routines they need to get back to, interests CP has contributed to, and what they would do if they did not have CP for a week. This is #CPChatNow co-host, Devin Axtman, taking you along for the ride on this week’s recap. All aboard!
First, I would like to share an update about Zach’s upcoming book, Slow and Cerebral.
Members also talked about routines they need to get back into.
Members also discussed interests they feel CP has contributed to.
Finally, members discussed what they would do if they didn’t have CP for a week.
This brings us to our Extend-The-Conversation Question: What would you do if you didn’t have CP?
On Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022 participants in the cerebral palsy Twitter chat #CPChatNow enjoyed an important conversation. Join me, chat co-host Zachary Fenell, as I do my best to recap the discussion. Shall we get started?
Veronica chimed in saying she gets the early aging part of the article. Adding humidity makes her arthritis act up. Although, Veronica expressed uncertainty about whether her CP has anything to do with her arthritis and osteoporosis seeing how those conditions run in her family.
Chris responded, saying arthritis and osteoporosis also run in her family. She went on, curious if any of us were told growing up about bone issues and CP. My co-host Devin Axtman weighed in with his experiences.
Devin summarized his experiences saying, “I feel like I was basically told of no problems I would have as an adult with CP.” Continuing he described the attitude from medical professionals as “Just like ‘WELP we did all the regular surgeries. Good luck!'”
A sentiment which resonated with Chris. She stated “This was a big reason why I brought this up.” Challenging everyone to “Be aware. Do your research, ask questions, take calcium!” Chris then offered a follow-up the next day.
In her follow-up tweet Chris shared an article from cpresource.org about “Preventive Care for Adults with Cerebral Palsy.” Let us keep the preventive care discussion going. Answer for the week’s extend-the-conversation question, “What is something you do for preventive care?” Answer below in the “Comments.”
Afterwards, mark your calendars for #CPChatNow each and every Wednesday. The fun begins at 8pm ET.
This past week in #CPChatNow was buzzing as always. Members discussed their plans for Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, frustrations with insurance, dealing with the cold, and Erin stopped by to share her paintings! This is #CPChatNow co-host, Devin Axtman, taking you along for the ride on this week’s recap.
Communal vibes emanated from the weekly cerebral palsy Twitter chat #CPChatNow Wednesday, February 16th, 2022. Here to tell you more, I am chat co-host Zachary Fenell. Let us get to recapping!
Admittedly, I am a bit hesitant in compiling this recap. My hesitancy rooted in concerns I will come across too self-promotional. As you might know, I had remained hard at work on a new book over the last two years. Well, on Wednesday, February 16th I revealed my upcoming book’s cover and title.
I first posted the reveal in #CPChatNow to show my gratitude for all the support the community has given me throughout the process. Count on me to continue to provide updates as Slow and Cerebral nears release (most likely late March).
Elsewhere in the chat, I also supplied an update on a long-time community member.
Hannah asked me to share some bad news regarding her health. Those in our community rallied around Hannah and sent well wishes her way. Personally, I noticed a parallel between us rallying around Hannah and celebrating Slow and Cerebral‘s reveal.
Essentially, I compared the night’s chat to a roller coaster. Commenting that amidst the highs and lows, one constant remained. Community!
Throughout the ride, we enjoyed other lively discussion. Stephen, an enthusiastic chat participant, helped spark this dialogue.
Stephen asked the group what is one thing they like about CP. I answered saying CP has acted as a filter, letting me know what friends I can count on. Overall though, responses varied.
My co-host Devin Axtman credited CP for making him more adaptable and less upset by setbacks. Meanwhile Jessica replied, saying CP has helped her to show empathy and compassion to others. What about you? Keep the conversation going and answer as the extend-the-conversation question, “What do you like about cerebral palsy?”
Answer in the “Comments.” Afterwards, set a reminder to join us each and every Wednesday on Twitter. The fun begins at 8pm ET.