#CPChatNow Recap- 12-12-2018

Participants in the live cerebral palsy Twitter chat #CPChatNow discussed various topics Wednesday, December 12th, 2018. As co-host I am tasked to neatly summarize all the different discussion into your weekly recap. Wish me luck!

“Good luck Zachary!”

Thank you! The extend-the-conversation question from the previous week’s recap stimulated early dialogue December 12th.

Participants in the #CPChatNow community discuss what they would make the theme song for their life with cerebral palsy.My co-host Devin Axtman originally posed the question during the December 5th recap. “What is the theme song of your life with cerebral palsy?” Blemi answered “She Moves in Mysterious Ways” by U2 while Devin himself responded “Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty. Seth’s response meanwhile left him and I bonding.

Seth says the theme for his life with cerebral palsy would be "Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls.Seth replied “Iris” by Goo Goo Dolls. Personally I love that song. As I explained in the chat the lyrics “I don’t want the world to see me because I don’t think they will understand” strongly resonated with how I felt back in my timid days. Seth noted feeling the same way.

Continuing to provide a spark kindling chatter Devin raised another question.

Devin asked participants to share CP related holiday traditions.Devin asked whether anyone has CP related holiday traditions. He then named his. Devin’s family hangs the cabbage patch outfit Devin wore his first Christmas on their tree. Jeni Briere sympathized, recalling her older sister getting upset when their parents “stole” the sister’s cabbage patch kids clothes for Jeni to wear.

Simultaneously in answering Devin’s question I explored a separate aspect to holiday traditions.

Zachary turns the holiday discussion to accessibility.Diverting a little from the original query, I named Christmas Eve dinners at Grandma’s house as my favorite holiday tradition. Although not directly CP related, I explained Grandma’s home remained largely accessible helping to create an enjoyable environment. Devin especially empathized alongside one factor I mentioned, needing a table to eat. A need not all participants shared though!

Hannah says she does not need a table to eat at.Hannah vocalized she prefers not eating at a table, a preference she reasons extends back to rarely doing so when growing up. No matter your dining setting preferences, everyone could probably agree the holidays can represent a stressful time. Stress eventually rose to the conversation’s forefront.Zachary asks #CPChatNow participants how they avoid over exerting themselves. I asked how individuals keep themselves from over exerting themselves. Grace admitted she does not. Rather she counts on someone else to help keep her in check. Otherwise she will work herself to death or at least fall and/or encounter pain flares. Experiences I resonate with, mentioning I know I need to take a step back and refocus when my movements get extra sloppy.

What about you? Answer for the week’s extend-the-conversation question, “What signs indicate you are over exerting yourself?” Leave your reply in the “Comments” section.

Recognizing these signs stand vital. They allow you to better understand your limits, a subject Hannah knows too well.

Zachary and Hannah discuss the importance of knowing your limits.

This week's extend-the-conversation question asks, "What signs indicate you are over exerting yourself?"

Leave your answer in the comments!

Similar to Grace, Hannah confessed to lacking balance within her life. Serious health complications the disruption in Hannah’s situation. Hannah named learning she can’t push past her body’s limits stood the hardest lesson. Familiarizing yourself with how your body tells you “Enough” stays vital to avoid over exertion. So again answer as the week’s extend-the-conversation question, “What signs indicate you are over exerting yourself?”

Reply below in the “Comments.” Then remember to join #CPChatNow every Wednesday, starting at 8pm ET.

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

-Zachary

 

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#CPChatNow Recap 10-10-2018

Wednesday nights continue to feel like a destination for those who belong to the cerebral palsy community CPChatNow and Wednesday October 10th, 2018 proved no different! I am proud co-host Zachary Fenell, standing in for my co-host Devin Axtman. Usually Devin and I alternate weeks recapping our weekly Twitter chat #CPChatNow. However as Devin later explained, elements beyond his control caused him to miss the October 10th chat.

Due to elements beyond his control Devin missed the October 10th, 2018 #CPChatNow.

Although down a co-host, the conversation pushed forward. The prior Saturday (October 6th) marked World Cerebral Palsy Day. I asked if anyone did anything to commemorate the occasion.

#CPChatNow participants discuss what they did on Saturday, October 6th, World Cerebral Palsy Day.Long-time #CPChatNow regular Jen did nothing special to commemorate World CP Day. I then admitted I forgot about World CP Day until the evening when I saw a post from Jen on Facebook. Sounds horrible considering my moniker “The CP Vigilante!” Yet my mind remained pre-occupied with thoughts related to my marathon the next day.

At least I possessed good company in forgetting! Heather DeYoe also forgot. She too maintained a good reason why, Thanksgiving dinner with the family!

Interestingly enough our chat October 10th coincided alongside another relevant world day initiative, World Mental Health Day. A perfect opportunity to talk mental health!

Zachary asks #CPChatNow participants about how they care for their mental health.

To kick off the mental health discussion I asked how others care for their mental health. Jen mentioned watching TV, listening to music, and taking anxiety medicine. I also find music helpful in maintaining good mental health. Plus I named physical activity, saying the physicality brings me great stress relief. Similarly Grace referenced physical activity amidst her answer, mentioning yoga.

Your turn now to keep the conversation going! Answer as the week’s extend-the-conversation question, “How do you care for your mental health?” Reply in the “Comments” section.

Elsewhere during the night I announced our next Google Hangout date.

This month's Google Hangout will take place Thursday, October 25th, 2018.This week's extend-the-conversation question asks, "How do you care for your mental health?"Mark your calendars if you plan to attend. To help ensure privacy, the Hangout link does not go out publicly. Contact the CPChatNow Facebook page by DM to get added to the invite list. Before you go to send your message, remember to answer the week’s extend-the-conversation question.

“How do you care for your mental health?”

Leave your reply below.

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

-Zachary