Joshua's One Step at a Time
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I am a really happy, cool 13 year old who loves football, judo, rugby and making people laugh! I had a bit of a traumatic start to my life as my mum had an accident before I was born and I had lots of problems during and after my birth. I battled through but have Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. I also have a lot of problems talking to everyone ( although I do just think it's everyone else being a bit dim!) , problems understanding and learning things and a lot of problems with my legs which can be really boring when I love playing football and Judo so much. I love to give everything a go and hate it when I can't do things. I just want all the things that any other teenager takes for granted and to help me do that me and my mum and dad have found that having intensive physiotherapy is so important. I have been having regular intensive physio for 5 years now and have learnt to walk independently round the house. It also means that I can play football much more easily and can do much more on the judo mat. In fact mum said that people cried with happiness the first time I walked on the judo mat! But the thing is....is that I keep growing and this makes it hard for me to maintain everything I have acheived which means I need more physio to keep me going! I love going to physio and have great fun but it does cost a lot for mum and dad to take me and my NHS physio can't give me what I need. I need your help to keep me moving....I need to keep playing football and judo and I need to keep being able to get around the house, go upstairs to my bedroom and keep up with my brother and sister. I get really sad when I can't do the things I love and my confidence soars when I achieve even small things