Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month 2020, March 29th
Abbie is 22-years-old and has Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. For Abbie this means that she uses a wheelchair to get around, although Abbie is able to walk with assistance either from somebody or with a walker.
Abbie is a bubbly and funny young lady who is always laughing. Abbie works hard in the gym with a personal trainer. She also has her own blog where she writes about her day-to-day life living with Cerebral Palsy.
Abbie hates it when people talk to the person that she is with and assumes that she doesn't understand. Abbie says, "This frustrates me because I am smart and I do know what is going on around me. I like it when people understand that I have a physical disability and not a mental disability".
Something that is really important to Abbie is her family as well as her independence. Abbie says, "Without these I don't think I would of achieved as much as I have. My independence has made me a lot stronger and now I can do some things for myself and don't have to rely on my family as much. I know I have quite a long way to go still but I am getting more independent".
If Abbie could change one thing for youngsters with physical disabilities it would be the opportunities and the places to go that are available, as well as the independence and skills to feel that they have a goal in a safe and stimulating environment.
In Abbie's spare time you will find her at the gym, shopping, blogging, watching Netflix, reading and listening to books/audiobooks, on social media and playing with her dog.
In the future Abbie hopes to become a successful blogger/writer or even a social media influencer for people with disabilities!