#CPChatNow Recap- 7-19-2017

This past week was a lively week in #CPChatNow as always.  Members discussed marathon training, the impacts of road trips on their CP, media portrayals of disability, and the use of CP in their Twitter handle.  This is #CPChatNow Co-Host, Devin Axtman, taking you along for the ride.

#CPChatNow Co-Host, Zachary Fenell, opened the chat with some exciting news, announcing that he is training for a marathon with the help of original #CPChatNow member, John Quinn.

Zach announcing that he is training for a marathon 22 miles per days with John Quinn's help

John Quinn stating that he did the San Diego marahon

Next, talk turned to difficulties members have on roadtrips due to the time spent in the car making their muscles tight.

Members discussing how roadtrips impact their depth perception and muscles

#CPChatNow member, Shira, also talked about the issues she had with the media regularly putting prominence on a person’s disability over other aspects of their story. Members differed on whether it was to grab attention or highlight the increased risk of violence people with CP face.

Members discussing disability use in headlines

Finally, talk turned to the reasons members do or do not use CP in their Twitter handle.  Members discussed how it is part of their life and that they use it to empower others while others did not perceive CP as something that defines them.

Zach and I talking about how I use my CP Twitter handle as a tool to empower others

Kate stating she had it in her handle so others would know when she followed someone. Blake stated he felt inspiration stuck

Now, for some housekeeping announcements. The first is that Co-Host, Zachary Fenell, will be leading a Focus Chat on writing a CP book/memoir on July 26th!

Also, our next Google Hangout will be taking place on July 27th

Now, to our Extend-The-Conversation question.  I am going to play off Shira’s question for this one: What are some of your complaints about disability and the media?  Please share them in the comments.

Tweet you later!


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#CPChatNow Recap 05-18-2016

Every week the live cerebral palsy Twitter chat #CPChatNow comes together to discuss a wide variety of topics. Hi, your co-host Blake Henry here to give you the low-down on this week’s chat. Allow me to do so by recapping the May 18th Twitter chat.

This week we got to know the newest participant of #CPChatNow. This is what Shira Sadiky had to say about our community.

#CPChatNow Home

“What makes #CPChatNow home for you?” 

The community is often known to emit rays of homeliness, education, and most importantly, that of community.


We have grown into a great community over the past two years r the leadership of my co-host Zachary Fenell and myself expanding and connecting several people with cerebral palsy to each other.

The summer happies have set in for many, but participants are still finishing up their last few weeks of school. The end of the year always seems to drag on longer than it ever should be allowed too.

Highschool & College

The end of school talk sparked conversation about one of the many things you have to do at least once or multiple times during summer, whether you like it or not! ROADTRIP!! “Are we there yet” – Brian Levant. I can hear many of you saying “Kiss my 330 cubic inches of V8 power, sucker!” – Nick Persons, right now.

One of our regulars, Hannah Pike said that she missed me and that I needed to come see her. I told her it would be great because I could ride on “Mr. Be Bo Jr,” a name for her mobility device because of my laughable memory loss. But she quickly corrected me, and told me its “Hank the Tank.” I’m excited to see you soon in your country guitar wielding BIG city.



Extend-the-conversationThe weekly extend-the-conversation question supplies the opportunity to reconnect and tell what first made #CPChatNow your home on Wednesday nights? So make sure you answer the week’s extend-the-conversation question. “What makes #CPChatNow home for you?”

Don’t forget to answer in the “Comments” section.

As always thank you for reading the recap and for your interest in #CPChatNow.