Green isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day. The month of March is also National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, which is proudly represented with the green awareness ribbon.
The CDC defines Cerebral Palsy (CP) as follows: a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. The CDC also notes that CP “is the most common motor disability in childhood” and that cerebral refers to brain and palsy refers to weakness or problem with using muscles.
However, if I didn’t know a mother of a child living with Cerebral Palsy I would have zero realization that March is CP awareness month. And as I thought about CP awareness, or the lack thereof, and started to research CP in general, I kept thinking: Where are the articles that spotlight the caretakers of those with CP?
- Medical costs are around 10 times higher for children with cerebral palsy
- Medical costs are around 26 times higher for children with cerebral palsy who have an intellectual disability
- The total lifetime care costs to take care of a child with cerebral palsy currently exceeds $1 million
Although the phrase “money can’t buy happiness” holds validity,