#CPChatNow Recap- 02-17-2021

To quote Gorilla Monsoon, this past week in #CPChatNow was a happening as always. Members discussed various topics such as obtaining Assistive Technology, maintaining motivation, publishing a book, and learning to fall. This is #CPChatNow co-host, Devin Axtman, taking you along for the ride on this week’s recap. All aboard!

Chris shared something I thought was cool that you might want to look into in your area and state. Chris discussed the concept of lending libraries for Assistive Technology that she used to obtain products.

zach retweets heather's tweet about her swedish cutting board being her favorite assistive product, chris tweeted she has seen that and the state of washington has an AT lending lab that brought her things to check out

Zach talked about the difficulties he has experienced maintaining motivation and stated he goes through streaks of low motivation. Other members chimed in with their experiences and how they remain motivated.

zach asks if anyone went through streaks with motivation, i tweeted that i do and especially so with work being canceled for the week, zach tweets he was frustrated when his hours were cut in half, but it gave him more time to finish his book, but it took him a few weeks
zach tweets he asks himself what he will regret if he dies tomorrow, blemi tweets that is an ok way to motivate himself, zach tweets he feels it is a good attitude as long as the person does not overdo it

I would like to recognize that Zach has finished his manuscript and it is now in the editing phase. Zach is planning to write a book about the process of his training for a marathon.

zach tweets about the topics of his book, anxieties and falls he experienced, learning to refocus, how to stay motivated during training, he tweets he only did races that mentioned walking at first, chris tweets that she understands zach's anxiety towards running and shared experiences from high school

Finally, members discussed a common thing that is surprising to many able bodied people, learning to fall either in therapy or other areas.

i tweeted i learned how to fall in physical therapy, blemi tweeted her brother taught her after second judo class and it has saved her from many injuries, zach tweeted it is amazing he has never hurt himself despite the falls he has taken
blemi tweeted she bent her pinky finger this year and it is her most significant injury from a fall,

This brings us to our Extend-The-Conversation Question: What is the oddest thing you have learned how to do related to your disability?

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


#CPChatNow Recap- 8-14-2019

This past week in #CPChatNow was buzzing as always! Members talked about various things such as therapy they enjoyed over the years, learning to fall, and disaster preparedness with a disability. This is #CPChatNow co-host, Devin Axtman, taking you along for the ride on this week’s recap.

First, we start with a dreaded subject when you have CP, falls. This was sparked by a post in The Mighty about falling. Members discussed things such as learning to fall and their fear of falling. Hannah learned to fall so well she taught others!

Zach asks if members have been afraid to fall. Hannah tweeted she never feared it and she taught a teacher's daughter how to fall

Zach shared his fears about falling were largely about messing up large events. I shared I had to wear wrist guards due to fear of hurting myself. Heather did not have to worry about this since her mom is a nurse:

Devin tweets he's not afraid, but mindful, zach tweets his fears are screwing up big events, I tweet that I wore wrist guards on the playground. Heather tweeted she did not, but her mom is a nurse.

Zach had a security meeting at work with problematic representation about those with disabilities in an active shooter situation. Chris tweets about experiencing similar things and disaster planning for earthquakes:

Zach had a security meeting at work with problematic representation about those with disabilities in an active shooter situation.  Chris tweets about experiencing similar things and disaster planning for earthquakes

Zach and Shira tweet about the active shooter preparation video with Zach expressing dismay about the portrayal of wheelchair users. Zach and Shira tweeted about how you might experience issues with speed if you are trying to escape an active shooter situation in a wheelchair:

Zach and Shira tweet about the active shooter preparation video with Zach expressing dismay about the portrayal of wheelchair users.  Zach and Shira tweeted about how you might experience issues with speed if you are trying to escape an active shooter situation in a wheelchair
Zach tweets about getting nervous under pressure and then states he might surprise himself, but both agree they hope they never have to find out

We have talked about some heavy things in this recap, so I would like to end by focusing on a lighter topic. Therapy is a constant in many people’s lives with CP. Zach focused on therapy that was effective for us. Grace and I discussed horse therapy:

Zach tweets and asks about a therapy that helped you. I tweeted I loved horse therapy and Grace tweeted she had it from 6-18. Zach tweets he had PT on a weekly basis from 3 until starting college.

This brings us to our Extend-The-Conversation Question: What was your favorite moment in therapy? Please share your answer in the comments and join us each Wednesday at 8 Eastern at #CPChatNow on Twitter.

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#CPChatNow Recap- 06-13-2018

Discussion proved quite active Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 for our live weekly cerebral palsy Twitter chat #CPChatNow. I am co-host Zachary Fenell here with some highlights. Cue the screenshot reel!

#CPChatNow participants discuss ideas for getting more physically active.Early on multiple participants mentioned increasing physical activity. A subject initially raised when regular Folly noted her goal to improve her posture. I shared I too recently completed research, looking to add more variety to my current exercise routines. Meanwhile Chris expressed her interest in attending an upcoming Paralympic sample day hosted by Seattle Adaptive Sports.

Enough movement and you can expect to grow tired. Fittingly that topic also surfaced within the chat June 13th, 2018.

#CPChatNow regular Folly gives her tips to avoid getting frustrated by fatigue.The cerebral palsy community’s tendency to fatigue faster compared to our able-bodied counterparts stood at my mind’s forefront, given a personal increase in activities. Therefore I asked if anyone else could relate and how they handle their frustrations.

Folly offered various solutions including listening to music, counting in your head to distract yourself, and keeping your focus towards your breathing. She additionally named preventive measures, yoga and drinking water.

Simultaneously participant Veronica Hosking interpreted my question differently.

Veronica advises not to get frustrated over fatigue.She advised taking tasks slow to avoid fatiguing yourself. I clarified I meant feeling fatigue after finishing a task. What would you suggest? Answer for the week’s extend-the-conversation question, “How do you handle fatigue related frustrations?”

Leave a comment in the “Comments” section to answer. Who knows? Your response could provide the support someone reading needs. Essentially your reply possesses the chance to act as a supportive gesture, similar to a hug. Hugs actually became a concentration amidst the chatter.

Folly wonders if people with CP need hugs more than others.

Hannah gives her take on receiving hugs.

Originally Folly brought up hugging, pondering if people with CP need hugs more. I retorted saying the answer varies based off the hugger. Long-time regular Hannah Pike echoed those sentiments. Concurrently others identified a serious issue hugs may create.

Devin and Hailey discuss how they react to falls.#CPChatNow participants discuss how hugs or even a friendly pat on the back can lead to falls.Hailey Hughes and my co-host Devin said hugs, particularly side and back hugs, can surprise them. This triggers jumpy behavior. Considering the balance challenges associated alongside CP, falls may result. The aforementioned transitioned the conversation to falling.

#CPChatNow participants discuss how onlookers react to their falls. Delving into details, Hailey and I chatted back and forth discussing falls. We agreed we become accustomed to our falls. However, add a bonfire or hot liquid to the situation and nerves heightened.

Elsewhere in the chat, we gathered community feedback before finalizing our June 2018 Google Hangout date. That will happen THIS Thursday (June 21st, 2018). The link does not get sent out publicly. If you possess interest in joining the Hangout, send a message to our CPChatNow Facebook fan page.

This week's extend-the-conversation question asks, "How do you handle fatigue related frustration?"Before you go though, remember to answer the week’s extend-the-conversation question. “How do you handle fatigue related frustration?” Reply below in the “Comments” section.

Until next time, remember. Do not blend in. Blend out!





#CPChatNow Recap- 5-9-2018

This past week in #CPChatNow was jumping as always.  Members talked about being ambidextrous, learning to fall, and rebelling against CP.  This is #CPChatNow Co-Host, Devin Axtman, taking you along on this week’s recap.

Zach and Grace talked about being ambidextrous and whether that translated to falling to one side or the other:

Zach and Grace talking about whether being ambidextrous translated to falling more on one side. Grace tweeted she is, but tends to fall on her right side

Members then talked about learning to fall.  Stacey expressed surprise that was a thing, but many members such as Zach and Hannah tweeted about learning to fall:

Zach and Stacey tweeted about learning to fall. Stacey said she had never learned to fall, but she falls on her stronger side.

Zach and Hannah tweeted about different techniques regarding learning to fall in PT:

Zach tweets about learning to fall on his dominant side. Hannah tweets she learned ways to catch herself. Zach tweeted he went to private PT

Zach, Hannah, and I tweeted about having private PT and our parents sweating over payment details:

Zach, Hannah, and I tweet about having private PT when younger and not thinking about the payment details

Next, talk turned to an interesting question Zach had.  He asked members about the first time they could remember rebelling against their CP.

Zach asked about the first time members rebelled against their CP. Zach tweets about not leaving classes. Jen tweeted about grabbing things with her claw rather than asking for help

Hannah tweeted about moving to Nashville and Zach tweeted about his parents being unsure about him competing in his first marathon:

Hannah tweets about rebelling by moving to Nashville. Zach tweets about doing the marathon and reassuring his parents

This brings us to our Extend-The-Conversation question.  Zach had all of the good questions this week, so I will ask his question again for those who couldn’t participate on Twitter: “What was the first decision you made to rebel against people’s concerns over your CP?”  Share you answers and the results in the comments

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#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,