Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month 2020, March 31st
Katie is 14-years-old and has Diaplegic Cerebral Palsy, which effects her legs and the way that she walks. As a result, Katie uses sticks and a walker, as well as a wheelchair for long distances. Her leg muscles become really tight so she has to do daily physiotherapy. Katie also has difficulty with coordination.
Katie loves to go to school and she loves to write - she'd like to be a writer in the future. Katie has recently become a model and has appeared at London Fashion Week as well as Leicester Fashion Week. She also has her own blog where she writes about her life and her experiences with Cerebral Palsy.
Katie hates it when people stare and it is something that she experiences a lot. Katie says, "I wish people would just ask me instead. I have lots of people say to me "oh, have you had an accident?". Katie also hates it when people feel sorry for her, she says "I don’t need them to. I have a great life and I am spreading awareness for Cerebral Palsy!".
Something that is really important to Katie is being accepted as well as spreading awareness of Cerebral Palsy. Katie says, "this is why I write blogs about my life with Cerebral Palsy - I share my ups and downs and it really helps me".
If Katie could change one thing for youngsters with physical disabilities it would be to get opportunities like everyone else does. Katie says, "Sometimes disabilities stop us from doing certain things and people don’t allow us to do it, but how do you know we can’t do it if we don’t get that chance? That’s why I try and do everything - to show people that we can do things you can do".
In Katie's spare time you will find her either reading a book or writing, as well as seeing friends. Katie also tries to blog once a month.
Katie says, "Never compare yourself to anyone else, you are you and you are amazing! You can achieve anything you put your mind to. Never let Cerebral Palsy get in the way of anything and make your dreams come true!"