#CPChatNow Recap- 02-14-2018

February 2018 coincidentally saw Valentine’s Day and the weekly cerebral palsy Twitter chat #CPChatNow fall on the same day. I am co-host Zachary Fenell, ready to recap the dialogue from February 14th. Participants’ attitudes towards Valentine’s Day emerged early in the chat.

#CPChatNow community members share a disinterest in Valentine's Day.Participants Jen and Rachel‘s responses to my Valentine’s Day greeting showed a disapproval for the holiday. Jen wished a “Happy Single made up holiday.” Meanwhile Rachel pulled a Scrooge, saying “Bah humbug!”

Chatter remained Valentine’s Day related via participants sharing their experiences with online dating. Unfortunately, the tales skewed more negative than positive. Disclosing your disability proving a key topic. However, I will avoid specifics since the recap rules deem “Tweets focus on sensitive life events, such as relationship matters” not recap appropriate.

Eventually discourse moved beyond a love theme. I announced the date for our February 2018 Google Hangout.

#CPChatNow will hold their monthly Google Hangout for February 2018 Thursday, February 22nd. Google Hangouts offer the chance for us to talk face to face and share stories harder to tell with Twitter’s character limits. Distributing the Hangout link happens privately to ensure a safe environment. Please contact either my co-hosts Jorge Otezia, Devin Axtman, or myself by Twitter or through the #CPChatNow Facebook fan page to inquire about joining the Hangout.

Mentioning Devin, he added input to a question I asked.

Devin and Zachary discuss falling.Devin answered my question, “How often do you fall?” He said he falls maybe once a month. I explained the reason I asked, feedback I received on a recent Youtube video discussing falls.

The user commented he never falls because he catches himself. Devin and I both found the ability to catch yourself all the time impressive. Long-time community member Jocelyn also added to the falling talk.

Jocelyn answers the question how often she falls.Jocelyn possessed a more precise answer to the question “How often do you fall?” She noted tracking how often she falls and trips. Within the information she logs she includes the situation’s circumstances. Probably very helpful data!

Answer for the week's extend-the-conversation question, "How often do you fall?"Your turn now. Answer for the week’s extend-the-conversation question, “How often  do you fall?” Estimate if you do not know the exact amount. Leave your answer by commenting below.

Until next time,



#CPChatNow Recap- 01-13-2016

Welcome to #CPChatNow’s very own website!

Zachary here to bring you the recap for the January 13th, 2016 #CPChatNow chat. There remains a reason Wednesday after Wednesday our community takes to Twitter and participates in the live chat #CPChatNow. There just exists a comfort in relating to others.Take cold weather for example.

Cold weather can be extra challenging for someone with cerebral palsy.Battling the winter cold stands a challenge for many with cerebral palsy. So let us use this week’s extend-the-conversation question to share strategies. Answer “How do you fight the cold?” Respond in the “Comments” section.

Moving on another comfort our community provides involves bonding over accessibility frustrations.

#CPChatNow participants discuss frustrations dealing with accessibility.The aforementioned comforting and bonding proves very valuable. Said sentiments establish a community where one feels safe to open up. Thus the reason I could without hesitation ask about embarrassing falls.

#CPChatNow share stories about embarrassing falls.Anyone interested in learning more about the fall I mention should checkout my CP memoir Off Balanced. Before you go though, remember to answer the extend-the-conversation question. “How do you fight the cold?”

Leave your answer in the “Comments” section below!

Thanks for reading,