Young disabled girl dancing and smiling

Blue Monday? Pah!

Blue Monday is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. But we’d rather look on the bright side of life instead! 

We put a shout out on Facebook and our online community for positive stories. We wanted to know what great things disability has brought into people’s lives, the little everyday things that make them smile, and barriers that have been overcome. Here are just a small selection of what came back…

…from Facebook:

“I’m 23 and have cerebral palsy. When I was little, splints only came in plain white plastic. My Mum wanted to make them fun for me and she would put all sorts of pretty stickers on them :)” – Caitlin

“Waking up every day to my very smiley little girl makes every day a happy one for me even the rainy ones. She has CP and is the most determined little lady I’ve ever met. She has made me appreciate so much more in life and has taught me patience. She is my best friend and I love her more than words could describe.” – Elena

“I work with adults with learning difficulties and it’s such Young disabled man jogging with womana rewarding job. I couldn’t think of anywhere else I’d like to work. I go home every night smiling :-))” – Racheal

“Since our daughters diagnosis we have made some wonderful new friends. Also seeing my gorgeous daughters smile.x” – Lesley

“My lovely son and I running together makes me :)” – Michelle

…from our online community:

“Earlier this year I decided that it was about time I stopped worrying and started working towards my dream. So in September 2014 I started my own blog about living positively with Cerebral Palsy and mental health issues, since starting my blog I’ve had so much support and my confidence has increased so much. One thing that has made me incredibly happy is knowing that I am helping others so my ultimate dream is to set up my own business raising awarenessMotivational quote that reads: The Greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do and letting others know that a disability doesn’t have to stop you enjoying life :)”  – ChelleM

“When I was first diagnosed with CP, they said that I’d never be able to walk, talk or even think for myself but 20 years on and I’m a right chatterbox, I’ve got an awesome penguin walk and I’m able to live an independent life :)” – Dizzydingbat

“Having a disability, perhaps has taught me, to try not to be too hard on others, and not to be judgmental, and maybe a little more understanding, although I’m learning all the time!” – Noah

“My beautiful eldest son will be 21 on 19th January, he is on the autism spectrum and he makes me proud every day! He has achieved so many positive things, and overcome many challenges. I am grateful he is in my life ❤” – Vickey

 

3 thoughts on “Blue Monday? Pah!”

  1. Last night, my teenage son with ADHD and Asperger’s was performing the very challenging task of filling out a course application. A nearby jar of jelly snakes was helping to keep it moving along! He came to the section that asked if he had any relevant disabilities to declare. He looked at me and asked if he should mention any, then he decided “Yes, learning difficulty” and then cheekily started writing and saying aloud “AD … oooooohhh look at the butterfly … HD”. My heart swelled with pride at his humour and honesty. It seems a strength that he was comfortable declaring where he needed help … and be witty about it too. Seemed to sum up to me the wonder of having a person in our lives who doesn’t fit neatly into any box … but the world is so much richer for the intelligence and perspective they bring.

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