For most of his life, Brandon Fisher refused to deal with his disability. He thought of it as a nuisance and wanted nothing to do with it. Growing up, Brandon felt like an outcast. He felt awkward because he walked differently, and so he rarely interacted with his classmates. Eventually, however, he desperately wanted to prove he was no different from his peers.
Living with Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is not a single disorder, but a group of neurological disorders that cause difficulty with movement and coordination. The condition can result from damage to a developing brain or from congenital defects. These problems typically happen when a baby is in the womb. They can also appear during the first two years of a child’s life when the brain is still maturing. A common cause of cerebral palsy is an insufficient level of oxygen in the brain, which can occur when mistakes are made during childbirth. Unfortunately, some cases of cerebral palsy have no clear cause.
Along with the symptoms and pain caused by the disorder, many also suffer from depression. Children with cerebral palsy face ridicule and bullying at school, which makes them feel alone. They are also frustrated when faced with reminders that they cannot do the same physical activities as their peers. When Brandon Fisher faced these challenges, he began to engage in risky behavior such as biking down a steep incline only to crash into a wall, just to fit in.
Now 28, Brandon has opened up. With a website dedicated to helping those with cerebral palsy, he shares his experiences living with the condition. He explains that people will often ask him why he walks differently. Before he can respond, they will ask if he has muscular dystrophy or multiple sclerosis. “It’s not that they are trying to be rude,” writes Brandon. “It’s just that they’re curious to know more about what cerebral palsy is and how it affects one’s body.”
His new acceptance and understanding arose out of the website he created. The site provides information on the diagnosis, symptoms and treatment of the disorder. It also offers links to current research on the condition. Brandon hopes to help others who are living with the disorder gain understanding and acceptance. Many visitors on the site share their stories about living with cerebral palsy, and Brandon finds encouragement from them. In turn, his positive attitude inspires others. Instead of creating obstacles, his disorder is now opening doors.
Charity to Help Those with Disabilities
Brandon’s latest endeavor is a new charity, Disability Nation Foundation, which will raise funds to better the lives of those living with disabilities. The non-profit intends to provide “financial assistance for a service not covered by health insurance, assistance paying for a diagnostic driving test that is also not covered by health insurance, or informational resources for Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, and Autism” and much more. In addition, it will be a source of information for disabled persons and their family and friends, serving all who have been affected by a disability.
Brandon is no longer the reserved awkward boy he was in high school. Instead, he is a man living with hope and a newfound zest for life. He hopes his website and charity will continue to help others and serve as an example of the power of one person’s willingness to help others, disabilities aside.
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