Cerebal Palsy: a Patient's Perspective

I started coming to Children’s as a teenager. I have cerebral palsy and required orthopaedic surgery. My experience at the hospital has been incredible.
 
All the people work tirelessly and with their whole heart to make sure that every client knows that they are right there with them, every step of the way and at every milestone. You never feel alone and you always feel supported, not only physically but emotionally as well.
 
I am very fortunate to work with John Sarwark, MD, head of Orthopaedic Surgery; Teresa Philipp, RN; Matt Goddard, my orthotist; and Sue Mukherjee, MD, my physiatrist. All these people have played key, supportive roles in my journey toward adulthood and toward living an independent life. Knowing that I have such a support team gives me the confidence to move forward, explore and take on new challenges.
 
Transition means balancing all aspects of your life more independently. I attempt to do this by going to college and by doing physical activities, like yoga and swimming, to enhance my physical capabilities and my life. I try to give back to the community by encouraging children with physical disabilities and their families in any way I can. 
 
Dr. Mukherjee, in addition to everything else, has been a tremendous resource, guiding me and supplying me with knowledge and information, so that I can help myself and others. She is always there to problem-solve, no matter how big or small the issue, so that my transition from childhood to adulthood will be smooth.