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4 Ways to Assist Loved Ones Fighting Cerebral Palsy

4 Ways to Assist Loved Ones Fighting Cerebral Palsy

When a loved one has cerebral palsy (CP), he or she may need help fighting for the respect, services and quality of life they deserve. This is especially true when your loved one is still young.

Whether you are a parent, grandparent, sibling, or simply a good friend of someone with CP, you can have their back in a number of tough situations. Here’s how to advocate smarter:

1. Put yourself in your loved one’s shoes

Most people want the same basic things out of life. We want the security of knowing our basic needs, like food, shelter, and hygiene, will be met. We want to feel that we are respected, trusted, and loved by those closest to us. We want the opportunity to discover the ‘new’ and the support to pursue them.

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Start by assuming your loved one with CP wants, and deserves, these same basic things out of life. By starting here, you help ensure that you’re fighting for the highest quality of life possible for a human, whom you love.

2. Go on a quest to learn

You don’t have to know everything about CP in order to help a loved one, but you can offer more assistance and make more informed decisions if you understand both the condition and the people who live with it.

Use the Internet or head to your local library to read up on CP. Online resources like a guide to advocacy at TheCPLawyer.com can help you advocate for your loved one and make informed decisions. And don’t forget to seek out the perspectives of others who have CP: blogs and biographies can help you imagine new possibilities for your loved one and give you ideas for achieving them.

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3. Try to keep life normal as possible

Understand that life will be a constant adjustment with your loved one who has CP, but you don’t have to stop living. Many people at times believe that when in a caretaker’s role, their whole life has been taken away right in front of them, but the truth is quite the contrary. There are many ways that your loved one with CP can enjoy a normal life with you. There are restaurants and entertainment facilities that will accommodate your loved one and yourself.

Doing normal things can help your morale as well as that of your loved one. The less stress you have on this journey, the better things will be for both of you.The Center for Persons with Disabilities teaches the etiquette of approaching people with disabilities. They teach the overall concept not making the disability your focus, or your love one’s life.

4. Help the whole family

When one family member is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, the entire family adjusts to accommodate their loved one’s needs. Spread your support around by helping family members as well. “Help” doesn’t have to be huge. Often, it’s the small things that show we care the most.

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Schedule a phone call, a coffee date, errands,or laundry into your week in order to help your loved one and their closest caretakers to take  a much-needed break.

Conclusion:

Now, this is not the end all be all for tips, but this is awesome information to build a foundation. This is a disease that affects many people in so many different ways. The more research and knowledge obtained, the better off you are in understanding how to fight against this disease.

At this point, we live in an age of information and there are no excuses in not being educated. While there may not be a cure for this disease, there are methods to help control it.

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Last Updated on November 17, 2019

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

1. Make a gift bag.

A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

2. Give a toast.

Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

3. Write a poem.

“Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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4. Create your own labels.

There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

5. Give a gift card.

Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

6. Send a letter.

Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

7. Use social media to send a special message.

If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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8. Make your own digital greeting card.

While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

9. Make a YouTube video.

Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

10. Deliver cookies or candies.

Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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12. Put together a flower basket.

Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

13. Take a picture.

Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

15. Do something special for them.

Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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16. Reciprocate their help.

Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

17. Be there for them.

Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

18. Listen to them.

Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

19. Say it in another language…or two…

A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

20. Show them some love.

A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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