#CPChatNow Recap 6-6-2018

#CPChatNow was chipper this past week as members talked about things such as teaching their friends, what they would like their legacy to be, and whether they prefer moving or sitting activities.  This is #CPChatNow Co-Host, Devin Axtman, taking you along for the ride on this week’s recap.

First, #CPChatNow would like to note the passing of someone who meant a lot to many in the cerebral palsy community, Dr. Karen Pape.  Dr. Pape was a clinical neuroscientist and author. You can find her TED Talk here. She also did a focus chat for #CPChatNow.  You can find the recap for the focus chat here.

Zach tweeting about Dr Pape's death on June 2nd

Next, Amanda shared a story of a friend helping a man using a walker leave a restaurant.  This is a great example of knowledge of disability expanding knowledge and empathy.

Amanda shared a story of a friend helping a man using a walker leave a restaurant.  She shared a story of the friend saying knowing Amanda has helped expand his knowledge.

Legacy soon became an emerging topic, sparked by Dr. Pape’s death mentioned earlier. Community members discussed the legacies they want to leave:

Members discussed the legacy they hoped to leave. Zach and I shared our thoughts. Rachel cautioned about doing too much for others

Continuing the widespread dialogue, members talked about whether they prefer activities that involve movement or activities that involve sitting.  The consensus was movement, but that a balance was necessary to prevent overwhelming fatigue.  Hot showers were a favorite as well.

Rachel prefer movement oriented activities where her muscles are engaged in active and passive stretch like yoga or taking a hot shower. Zach agreed on liking hot showers

Chris agreed with Zach and Rachel on need for moving activities, but talked about the need for a balance.

This brings us to our extend-the-conversation question: What are your go to activities to get moving?  Please share your answers in the comments!

Extend-The-Conversation Question in white at the top. What are your go to activities to get moving? in the middle with the #CPChatNow white logo. A person is standing in the middle of trees with their arm up

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#CPChatNow Recap- 06-22-2016

Community shined during our weekly Twitter chat Wednesday, June 22nd.  I am co-host Zachary Fenell tasked to bring you the recap. This includes exploring the different communal elements, like encouragement and inspiration. The latter kicked off the night.

Members in the #CPChatNow share how they are becoming more physically active.To see Devin and Hannah refer to my walking as at a certain “level” made me smile. Erin though hit on an important factor.

You are in competition with no one but yourself.Discussion about physical activity continued as the topic transitioned to physical therapy (PT). Not everyone enjoys a positive history with PT. Enter the need for our community to provide encouragement.

#CPChatNow discusses PT's importance.PT or no PT you can still find ways to stay physically active with cerebral palsy.

#CPChatNow co-host Zachary Fenell discusses the exercises he does at home.In order to help others visualize reverse crunches I shared the following.

Since I started doing reverse crunches daily I feel stronger in my abs. As a result I am better able to catch my balance whenever I stumble.

Obviously, I am not the only one with cerebral palsy who exercises at home. So shall we open up the dialogue? Answer Devin’s question for the extend-the-conversation question. “Do you do any exercises at home?”

If yes, please give an example. Follow the usual routine and respond in the “Comments” section.

Moving forward allow me to return to the community theme. A community offers comfortableness and a safe place to share. Erin did exactly that, tweeting out a link to her recent blog post.

Erin shares a personal, emotional blog post.Keep the conversation going! Answer the extend-the-conversation question.Read Erin’s emotional post here. However, first remember to answer the extend-the-conversation question. “Do you do exercises at home?”

Reply in the “Comments” section below. If you answer yes, give an example!

Also consider purchasing a #CPChatNow sleeveless performance t shirt. Made by Sport-Tek, the performance shirt remains ideal for physical activity. Or, explore the other shirt styles available. Sale ends July 11th!

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