First and foremost, I hope everyone enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving with family or close friends. Considering commercialism’s increasing influence over the holiday season (specifically Black Friday), I firmly assert remembering to give thanks a top priority. Therefore before I get into the 50% off, Off Balanced sale I want to take the time to share what I’m thankful for.
Personally, I’m thankful to have cerebral palsy. Sounds odd, right? Like Off Balanced documents, this didn’t always prove the case. I use to loathe my diagnosis. However, time progressed and I realized CP beneficially helped shape me into the individual I am today. As my book explains, cerebral palsy actually led me to pursue a writing career.
Additionally, my experiences with CP continue to teach me to appreciate life on a level otherwise unlikely. I went from keying in on frustration regarding what I can’t do to valuing what I can. For example, take my long walks around the neighborhood. My right leg fatigues but rather than feeling down about this, I appreciate my left leg’s strength. I mean just imagine how much worse my situation could be without my one good leg.
Ultimately, one major goal I looked to accomplish writing Off Balanced includes teaching others with challenges to see their disabilities’ positives. Thus I’m excited to announce the 50% off sale, available on both the Kindle and Nook. Normally priced at $5.99, I’m reducing Off Balanced‘s list price this holiday season to $2.99. So whether you want to add Off Balanced to your Black Friday bargains or make the purchase on Small Business Saturday (Saturday, November 24th), demonstrate support for this freelance writer. Much thanks! 🙂
You can gift Kindle and Nook books by clicking the “Give as Gift” (Kindle) or “Buy as Gift” (Nook) links on the corresponding sales pages. Photo: Wikimedia Commons’ BlairSnow
One year ago today I launched this blog, aiming to build anticipation towards my then forthcoming book Off Balanced. Now I entered this endeavor knowing I wanted to do more than just talk Off Balanced and myself. After all, I think we all at some point come across a self-centered and egotistical cyber user who posts about nothing but him. That’s not who I desire to be. Instead my goal focuses around the blog’s tagline.
“Putting the ‘cerebral’ in cerebral palsy”
In other words, I wish to stimulate discussions on cerebral palsy and disabilities in general. Using reader feedback as a barometer, mission so far accomplished. For instance, take the Off Balanced post from April 3rd “Sixth Grade Choir Photograph, Evidence of Discrimination?” Some users commented enraged at me for “excusing” what happened to Alex. Others thanked me, appreciating my refusal to rush judgment. Me, I enjoyed seeing a passionate conversation occur.
Another highlight involves blogging via WordPress. I never really used WordPress before so the platform’s different tools intrigued me. I especially like how WordPress can track traffic based off search engine inquiries. One post which seems to acquire continuous visitors thanks to search engine inquires, “Breaking Down Barriers with the Mentally Challenged.” Searches revolving around how to treat mentally handicap individuals lead to these views. Hopefully readers find my insights shared helpful.
Glancing ahead I look forward to continuing this blog and continuing “putting the ‘cerebral’ in cerebral palsy.” Of course besides starting engaging dialogue regarding cerebral palsy (which Off Balanced the book also aims to do), I will keep using this blog to inform readers on my book’s latest happenings.
Off Balanced offers a different perspective to life with cerebral palsy, a social one.
Last week my guest blog post for Teen Cerebral Palsy went live, “The Importance of Relating.” Teen Cerebral Palsy’s tagline defines the website well, “For teens by teens. Dealing with cerebral palsy as a teenager in today’s society.” To correspond with my guest post I want to take the time to spotlight the blogger behind Teen CP, Katy Fetters. I’m by far not the first person to profile her. Live Life and Win! did a feature on Fetters showcasing her down to earth, optimistic attitude. Unfortunately, I’m not subscribed to Vimeo Plus so I can’t embed the video below. Still, please take the time to watch.
More recently OC Register’s David Whiting did a piece on Katy Fetters, “Student with Cerebral Palsy Blogs for Teens.” Whiting recaps specific ways CP affected Fetters growing up. She played soccer and ran cross country but encountered physical limits imposed by her body. Fetters shares how an embarrassing incident eventually helped lead to her starting Teen Cerebral Palsy. Perhaps one phrase from the OC Register sums the story up best.
“Growing up wasn’t about can’t. It was about can.”
People too often focus on disabilities’ negatives, creating a disabling perception for us with handicaps. Fetters breaks down this perception by enabling her readers through the very topic I address in my guest post, relating. Knowing others face the same or similar issues as you seems small but yet means so much. Via sharing her life experiences on Teen Cerebral Palsy and welcoming guest bloggers Katy Fetters makes a huge difference in others’ lives and for that I say to Fetters, “Kudos.”