#CPChatNow Recap- 02-16-2022

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.

Zachary offers an update on long-time #CPChatNow participant Hannah.

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.

Zachary compares the February 16th, 2022 #CPChatNow to a roller coaster.

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 asks #CPChatNow, "What is one thing you like about cerebral palsy?"

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.

Devin shares what he likes about cerebral palsy.
Jessica discusses what she likes about CP.

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.

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

-Zachary

Answer  for the week's extend-the-conversation question, "What do you like about cerebral palsy?"
Respond below!

#CPChatNow Recap- 2/9/2022

This past week in #CPChatNow was popping as always. Members discussed their favorite sport, which body parts are most impacted by their spasticity, and Zach discussed his new book! I’m your co-host, Devin Axtman. Strap in for the #CPChatNow recap! All aboard!

First, I would like to recognize progress on Zach’s new book about his efforts towards becoming a marathoner. Zach announced that the proof copies of his book are almost ready:

zach announced he is a positive mood because he should have proof copies of his next book ordered

Sports were a big topic with the Super Bowl coming up. Members discussed their favorite sports with Chris talking about racing and its commitment to accessibility:

stepehen asked members what their favorite sport is, chris tweeted her favorite sport is racing

Finally, members discussed the parts of their body that are most impacted by spasticity and what they do to cope.

zach asked what parts of people's bodies are most impacted by spasticity, i tweet easily my legs and i cope by stretching, zach tweets his hamstrings and right ankle are most impacted and that he copes by stretching, being conscious of his movements, and baclofen
hannah tweets her legs are most impacted and she tweets with muscle relaxers and knowing when to use a mobility aid along with allowing naps
heather tweets the bigger muscles are impacted and she copes by swearing

This brings us to our Extend-The-Conversation Question: What is your favorite life hack to help cope with your CP? Please share your answers in the comments and join us each Wednesday at 8 Eastern at #CPChatNow on Twitter.

-Devin