Hello, I am Rosie Clear from Ruislip, I am 12 years old, and I have Cerebral Palsy. I have Spastic Diplegia which is a type of Cerebral Palsy, where my lower limbs get tight very easily and it becomes very hard for me to walk. My lower limbs are mostly affected.
I was born prematurely in fact 12 weeks early. I weighed 2 pounds and 2 ounces, the equivalent of a bag of sugar. I spent the first three months of my life in an incubator.
My parents do their best for me, always trying to make me do everything I have to; getting me to do my stretches and exercises and they believe that Conductive Education is very important for me because it helps me to learn how to walk and balance. I’ve had it practically all my life and it has taught me how to move my limbs effectively.
For example when I first started having Conductive Education I found it incredibly hard to use my hands, but now as you can see I’m writing this myself so my hands are much better. I can do practically anything with them now. They are normal, and that’s all because of Conductive Education!
So that’s why I go to Peto, to be able to keep all this up because I would feel devastated if I lost it all, after all I’ve been through.
I went through an operation to fix my hamstrings, (my muscles in my legs) my feet and my adductors. I was getting so tight that I ended up having contractions in my knees but I am okay now. However, if I don’t keep it up I could go in to that horrible state yet again.
With the help of Tree of Hope we can keep going for this treatment. We have been going to the Peto Institute for the last 2 years and we would like to continue going as it benefits me very much. I am so very grateful for their continuing support.
Thank You, Rosie