#CPChatNow Recap- 6-20-2018

#CPChatNow was brisk this past week. Members discussed competing as a Paralympic athlete, baby announcements, stubbornness, and the difficulty of trying to convince others to use mobility devices. This is #CPChatNow Co-Host, Devin Axtman, taking you along for the ride on this week’s recap.

First, we’re starting the recap with some happy news! The creator of #CPChatNow, Tim Wambach, from Handicap This just welcomed a baby girl. Congrats Tim!

Zach announcing Tim welcoming a baby

Picture of Tim with his baby girl

Also, #CPChatNow welcomed a new member in Ayden Jent. Ayden is a Paralympian, two-time World Championship US team member, and Para Pan-Am silver medalist.

Ayden Jent says hi to CPChatNow. He is a 2015 Para Pan Am silver medalist and runs the 100 and 200 meters

Zach and Ayden talk about halfmarathons. Ayden tells Wum he prefers longer distances and has mild CP

Next, talk turned to whether members had talked loved ones into using a mobility device. Zach and Hannah talked about coming to terms with using their respective mobility devices:

Hannah and Zach talking being hesitant to use crutches and walkers. Zach said he was hesitant to use his cane for his marathon

Discussion then turned to mobility aids being tools for independence:

Devin discussed his wheelchair being a tool for independence, but that mindset being a transition. Zach tweeted he wished this thought process could be embedded into stubborn individuals

Hannah and I then talked about how the experiences of CP make adjusting to a mobility device easier:

Devin tweets about how adjusting to a mobility device is different due to having to deal with physical issues that others may not have

This brings us to our extend-the-conversation question: What has been your toughest form of disability related adjustment?  Please share your answer in the comments! A sky blue background with a person rolling a boulder up a hill outlined in black. Extend-The-Conversation Question centered in white text at the top. What has been your toughest form of disability related adjustment? in the middle and #CPChatNow logo in bottom left hand corner

 

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#CPChatNow Recap- 08-10-2016

Summer proved an unofficial theme during the August 10th, 2016 #CPChatNow Twitter chat. Co-host Zachary Fenell back as promised to supply the recap. A question from my co-host Blake Henry led to the summertime discussion.

Blake Henry asks "What's one thing we're glad to have accomplished over the summer months?" Devin will remember the summer of 2016 for traveling by himself.Zachary shares his summer 2016 accomplishment.Zachary couldn't contain his summer 2016 accomplishments to one tweet.Those I interviewed include my younger brother Nick and my father Bill. If interested, check the videos out. After you finish reading the recap obviously!

With that shameless plug finished, let me resume focus. Regular Hannah Pike reminded us accomplishment manifests itself in many ways.

Hannah reminds #CPChatNow accomplishments do not always manifest in grand fashion.Never overlook simple perseverance through tough times. Thriving often first requires surviving. Whether a grand accomplishment or persevering, let the #CPChatNow community know your summer 2016 accomplishments. Answer today’s extend-the-conversation question.

“What is one thing we are glad to have accomplished during the summer months?” 

Share by leaving a comment in the “Comments” section.

Moving on, talk about the Olympics kept the unofficial summer theme going.

What do you think has been the most exciting part about the Olympics? Amidst the Olympics chatter an admiration for gymnasts’ elegant movements arose.

Many in the #CPChatNow community admire how elegant Olympic gymnasts move.Sadly I predict with future summer Olympics officials will continue contending with lying. On a positive note, I can additionally see my co-host and I enjoying an outdoor adventure together in a future summer. A prospect we discussed August 10th. Discussion that led to insightful dialogue about using mobility devices.

Blake and Zachary discussing a future outdoor adventure led to insightful conversation about using mobility devices. Keep the conversation going! Answer "What is one thing we are glad to have accomplished during the summer months?"Blemi‘s insight about nobody caring wowed me. Your turn now! Wow me and the #CPChatNow community by answering today’s extend-the-conversation question.

“What is one thing we are glad to have accomplished during the summer months?” 

Comment below to brag on your accomplishments.

Until next time!

-Zachary