A life with hemiplegia… where do I start?
Hemiplegia is a lifelong condition and that’s hard enough already.
Hemiplegia: this is when one side of your body is weaker than the other. It can’t be cured, although I do wish that there was a real cure to help it. So what can I do? What can you do? Well… absolutely nothing.
Born 3 and half months too early, I guess that I really am a total miracle. Just 1 in every 1,000 young people are diagnosed with hemiplegia.
So far this year, I have accomplished a two time national championship alongside my very supportive dad, Alan. We have already won a Hansa competition in our local sailing club, Spinnaker Sailability, in Ringwood.
All of my friends at school who really have my back understand what I’m really going through.
From a personal point of view , I feel that having hemi has really made me feel stronger, but the challenges I have had to face include going in and out of hospital and staying in a little baby incubator when I was born.
Believe me when I say you are lucky that hemiplegia is extremely rare and that only 1 in 1,000 children are diagnosed with it.
I cannot put into words how much my family and all the doctors and physiotherapists not just here in the UK, but also in Spain, who have given up their time to help me achieve and be who I am today.
So I would love to thank each and everyone of them! Thank you and gracias!