#CPChatNow Recap- 10-03-2018

With another Wednesday flying by, so too came a new #CPChatNow, your live weekly cerebral palsy Twitter chat. Flying actually proved a main discussion point Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018. I am co-host Zachary Fenell here to tell you more via your weekly recap. Prepare for take off!

Long-time regular Hannah Pike locked coordinates onto the flying topic by asking a question.

Long-time #CPChatNow regular Hannah Pike prepares for an upcoming flight by asking the community for flying advice.Hannah asked the community to share any flying advice. I suggested giving yourself plenty of time to get to your gate. Then I followed up, interested in knowing what mobility devices Hannah plans to bring along. When she mentioned bringing her manual wheelchair, I suggested she listened to Handicap This’ podcast episode discussing traveling in a wheelchair.

Additionally my co-host Devin Axtman offered his firsthand airport experiences.

Devin offers Hannah advice for traveling by plane.

Like me, Devin recommended giving yourself more time than you think you need. He also advised checking your wheelchair at the gate, labeling your chair, taking the seat cushion with you, and avoiding revolving doors. A fellow long-time regular Blemi added her own suggestion.

Blemi recommends Hannah takes the opportunity to board early.

Blemi encouraged Hannah to pre-board when they call anyone who requires more time or extra assistance. Hannah noted she usually struggles to accept such help, but plans to this time around. Blemi empathized, saying she use to resist as well. Devin meanwhile said he uses all the perks, including one nobody else seemed to know existed!

#CPChatNow participants discuss getting their luggage off the luggage carousel.Devin noted you can get assistance getting your luggage off the carousel by saying at the gate you will need help. Welcoming information to Blemi, who previously asked random people to assist her! A move in hindsight she deemed “not the smartest move on my part.” Hannah admitted she probably would’ve done the same without Devin’s insights. Devin credited his wisdom to learning the hard way.

The discussion about flying triggers memories of past chats and makes participants realize how long #CPChatNow has been going.Memories resurfaced while Devin detailed how he learned the hard way. The story sounded familiar to both Hannah and me. Remembering Devin’s bad airport experience triggered a realization. Our community will turn FIVE YEARS OLD come December! Looking to reminisce, I posed a question.

Zachary asks participants to share fond memories of #CPChatNow.I asked participants to recall any specific fond #CPChatNow memories. Rather than naming specifics, Shira recalled how #CPChatNow lessened her feeling alone. Personally, my mind went to a particular train of thought.

#CPChatNow has a special inside joke about trains.This week's extend-the-conversation question asks, "Do you have specific fond memories of #CPChatNow?" Reply in the comments.Over the years the train joke, based off a story Hannah told, continues chugging along. Do not derail the conversation. Keep the dialogue going by answering for the week’s extend-the-conversation question, “Do you have specific fond memories of #CPChatNow?” 

Comment below to reply. Afterwards come create new memories by joining #CPChatNow every Wednesday on Twitter. The fun starts boarding at 8pm ET!

Until next time, remember. Don’t blend in. Blend out!

-Zachary

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#CPChatNow Recap- 9-26-2018

This past week in #CPChatNow was busy as always.  This is Co-Host, Devin Axtman, taking you along for the ride on this week’s recap.

Seth worked with his aide to reset his modem while speaking different languages. Zach shared he could have asked Blake to be a translator:

Seth had his Spanish speaking aide reset his modem. Zach pointed out Blake could be a translator.

On a serious note, Zach shared he is participating in a suicide prevention documentary, discussing his friend’s suicide. You can find more information about the documentary at A Tale of Two Mothers.  If you or someone you know needs help, please dial the National Suicide Prevention Hotline which is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255:

Zach shared a documentary about his friend's suicide is premiering

Zach asked what part of the day members feel at their physical best. We talked about being night owls that were forced by society to become morning people.

Zach said he feels his best after his first cup of coffee. We both agreed we are night owls that were forced by society to become morning people

Finally, the Survivor premier was last Wednesday.  Zach asked about how CP would impact someone’s ability to compete on Survivor:

Zach asked if members could compete on Survivor with CP. I recommended Paralympia Ayden Jent who said he would do it

ETC- Which Reality Show Would You Like to Participate InThis brings us to our extend-the-conversation question: Which reality show would you like to participate in?

Please join us each Wednesday on Twitter at #CPChatNow at 8 Eastern!

-Devin