Living Through Cerebral Palsy

Scholarship Entrant: Paige from Austin, Tx
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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When I was a college sophomore, I fell pregnant with my first child. My husband and I were ecstatic, and we often imagined the kind of life our child would have. Following a traumatic birth, my son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 12 months old. The ways this has changed our lives have been endless. During my first two years of college, I changed my major three times. I had no idea who I was or where I wanted to be in life, but I did know I wanted to make a difference. While my son’s diagnosis has single-handedly been the most challenging thing in my life, I finally have an idea of who I want to be in life.

My son is in three different types of therapies four times a month. But one therapy in particular has always peaked my interest because of how detrimental it is to the management of cerebral palsy: physical therapy. I would love to make a difference in another child’s life through physical therapy. I may not change the entire world, but I will certainly change the world of that individual. Physical therapy is a key part in continuing to develop with a diagnosis such as cerebral palsy. Children who do not get it early enough can suffer in their gross motor skills because of it. I want that opportunity to change the lives of children, and I owe that drive to my own son, Christopher.

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