#CPChatNow Recap- 10/19/2022

This past week in #CPChatNow was positively jumping. Members discussed their appearance on a podcast and the intersection of disability and mental health. This is #CPChatNow co-host, Devin Axtman, taking you along for the ride on this week’s recap. All aboard!

First, Veronica tweeted about her haiku being featured on the podcast, Haiku Pea Podcast. Way to go, Veronica!

veronica tweets her latest haiku was featured on the haiku pea podcast. zach asks if people submit a recording or the host reads them. veronica tweeted the hosts reads most of them, but the judge reads their picks and sometimes their own haiku

Next, October 10th being World Mental Health Day sparked conversation about the intersection of disability and mental health.

veronica tweeted about mental health day after zach tweeted about his video on positive mental health. veronica and i tweeted the positivity of disability is rarely mentioned. veronica shares she has lost 2 family members to suicide and they said people need to stop the stigma of talking about feelings. zach tweets it is problematic our society is so hush hush about feelings

Zach did a great video on the impact of CP on his mental health. Members talked about the importance of talking about the positives of mental health.

zach tweeted he is hoping to do more content about fostering mental health because people are often left asking how to be positive. i tweeted that toxic positivity can be a problem, like the idea you have to be positive no matter what. veronica tweeted a haiku she did on that topic; phony lift in voice, you're such an inspiration, pity loud and clear.

zach tweeted he thinks back to the days where he let his cp made him feel weak and inferior due to narrative in the mainstream media. chris tweets she grew up feeling awkward about her cp and it's funny because her CP impacts in a similar way to zach

This brings to our Extend-The-Conversation Question: What are your strategies to maintain positive mental health?

extend the conversation question graphic. what are your strategies to maintain positive mental health? there is an image of a drawing of a black head and a white heart with gears turning inside the head.

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



#CPChatNow Recap- 10-12-2022

Participants who joined the cerebral palsy (CP) Twitter chat #CPChatNow Wednesday, October 12th, 2022 enjoyed an engaging night of conversation. To tell you more, I am chat co-host Zachary Fenell. Welcome to your weekly recap!

Early in the evening our community bonded over different interests.

Participants in the #CPChatNow community bond over mascot Gritty appearing at WWE Extreme Rules.

My co-host Devin Axtman asked long-time regular and mascot enthusiast Jen, if she saw that Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty appeared at WWE Extreme Rules. Knowing Devin and I like wrestling Jen replied, “That’s what I was gonna show y’all.”

Such an ability to connect over interests outside CP helps reinforce our community’s roots. Although, the conversation did naturally transition to CP-related matters.

Those in the #CPChatNow community discuss a current events article about brothers Pierce and Leo Olsen.

Cerebral palsy centered dialogue sparked after I shared a recent story from patch.com, “NJ Teen Got His Little Brother, With Cerebral Palsy, On Football Team.” Devin related to the story, recalling, “That’s exactly what I did, help with film!”

Meanwhile, Chris approached the article skeptically. Her skepticism revolving around the headline’s “inspirational porn” feel. This concern left me posing a question.

Zachary asks #CPChatNow participants to come up with a better title for the article about the Olsen brothers.

In the spirit of fun I asked everyone, “What headline would you have given the story?” Devin suggested, “A Team Adds to a Brotherhood.” Then Devin put the pressure on me, pointing out, “You’re the writer Zach.”

Zachary shares his headline for the article about the Olsen brothers.

For a suggested headline, I recommended, “Teen Brothers Become Unlikely Teammates.” What about you though? Checkout the piece about Pierce and Leo Olsen and then answer for the week’s extend-the-conversation question, “What headline would you give the news story about the Olsen brothers?

Leave your answer in the “Comments.” Afterwards, make sure you set a reminder to join us each and every Wednesday on Twitter. The chat begins at 8pm ET.

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


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#CPChatNow Recap- 9/28/22

This past week in #CPChatNow was rocking as always. Members discussed things such as their emergency preparedness plans and what they do for relaxation. 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 this great picture of Hannah and some friends. We are thinking of you Hannah!

hannah tweeted she is popping in to share a happy note that she got to meet her nonbiological sister. there is a picture of hannah with her friend's mom and hannah is holding her dog levi

Next, Zach asked members about their personal emergency preparedness plan, a timely topic given Hurricane Ian. Most members stated they did not have much of a personal emergency preparedness plan. Zach shared a link to a series he previously did for Handicap This on emergency preparedness and disability.

zach asked about members emergency preparedness, i tweeted that i don't think about, but i should. thomas tweeted a recommendation to memorize things to not trust on technology, chris tweeted she does not really have an emergency plan and hoped they don't have an earthquake.

zach tweeted a 3 part series on emergency preparedness he wrote for handicap this and that those in safer states think they don't need to plan, but they do

Finally, Chris talked about her recent exploration with progressive muscle relaxation.

chris tweets about progressive muscle relaxation with her therapist sending her a video she can follow. chris tweets progressive muscle relaxation allows her to relax and recognize body signals like when she is beginning to tense up

Veronica and Chris discussed the difficulties they have had relaxing during medical appointments.

veronica and chris tweet about difficulty relaxing during things like mammograms and chris tweeted her therapist's video with concrete actions help. veronica tweeted it is hard to relax when trying not to fall over

This brings us to our Extend-The-Conversation Question: What are things you do to relax? Please share your answers in the comments and join us each Wednesday at 8 Eastern on Twitter at #CPChatNow.