#CPChatNow Recap- 3/23

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.

veronica tweets she won an online cooking experience with chef michelle bernstein and she was glad it's on saturday so she has assistants chris tweets she enjoys cooking shows and knows she's. veronica tweeted it looks like a fun experience and then she say they want 4 courses and all the prep work done before teh instruction

Also, Zach shared the latest update on his book about becoming a marathoner, Slow and Cerebral.

zach shared a book update about his book, slow and cerebral. he is still going through the final edits and it will be released in april

Finally, Zach asked members what surface is easiest for them to walk on, pavement or grass.

zach asks members if walking on pavement is easier than walking on grass. i tweeted i agree pavement is easier because it is more predictable, chris tweeted pavement due to the yard at her house having all kinds of dips and that she has tripped

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!

extend the conversation graphic. #cpchatnow logo with What do you feel is the hardest surface to walk on?   above a picture of two people walking on uneven cobblestone

-Devin

#CPChatNow Recap- 3/16/2022

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.

zack tweeted he is working on edits for his book, slow and cerebral. he hopes to be done by sunday night.

Members also talked about routines they need to get back into.

zach asked about routines members need to get back into. chris tweeted she needs to start physical therapy and being more active. stephen  tweeted he needs to start walking

Members also discussed interests they feel CP has contributed to.

zach asks how cp has influenced people's interests. blemi tweeted she feels she wouldn't be much of a reader. zach tweeted he feels cp led to him being a writer and to grow as a writer. he tweeted this goes back to his interest in cleveland baseball once he realized he wouldn't play baseball. he felt writing would be the next best thing.

Finally, members discussed what they would do if they didn’t have CP for a week.

stephen asked what members would do if they did not have cp for a week

This brings us to our Extend-The-Conversation Question: What would you do if you didn’t have CP?

extend-the-question graphic: what would you do if you didn't have cp for  a week? An image of the days of the week written on sticky notes in front of a gray background

#CPChatNow Recap- 03-02-2022

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?

Participants in #CPChatNow discuss bone issues and cerebral palsy.

The important conversation I referred to above revolved around cerebral palsy and aging. A topic raised by chat regular Chris when she shared a Science Direct article “Incidence of osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and inflammatory musculoskeletal diseases in adults with cerebral palsy: A population-based cohort study.” Chris explained the article remains relevant to her right now and she wondered if others had any experiences or thoughts on the matter.

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 recounts what doctors told him or didn't tell him about problems he would have as an adult with CP.

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.

Chris shares with #CPChatNow an article from cpresource.org about preventive care for adults with cerebral palsy.

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.

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

-Zachary

This week's extend-the-conversation question asks, "What is something you do for preventive care?"
Answer below!

#CPChatNow Recap-2/23/2022

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.

Longtime member Erin stopped by to share her new painting venture at E’s Messy Gallery .

erin announced a caption contest for her messy gallery facebook page, tweet has images of erin's paintings and her holding a painting
erin tweets she throws her pain brushes occasionally. her personal caregiver puts duck tape on the ends of her brushes and she had a studio built with a sink in the floor. an image of erin with a red shirt and paint splotches

Next, members discussed frustrations with insurance. Alessandro is thinking about a knee replacement and Erin is battling with insurance to get a talking device.

alessandro discusses the possibility of knee replacement, but says he can't afford it, zach tweets it sucks we make decisions about wellness based on what we can afford vs what is best for us, erin shares an example of getting a talking device funding by insurance and tweets about how they don't care if it enhances her career

Members also discussed how they deal with the cold. Zach tweeted he uses a heating pad and Erin shared she moved to Florida.

zach tweets his shoulder stiffened up while reading. he tweets he got his heating pad out to relieve the pain. he asked what people do to counter the cold, erin tweeted she moved to florida

Finally, Zach tweeted about his plans for CP Awareness Month, releasing his new book!

zach asked if members had plans for CP awareness month. stephen tweeted he did not and asked zach for his plans. zach tweeted the plan is to release Slow and Cerebral but that depends on the proofreader feedback.

This brings us to our Extend-The-Conversation Question: What are your tips for dealing with insurance? Please share your answers in the comments and join us each Wednesday at 8 Eastern on #CPChatNow.

-Devin