As I get older, my health is becoming more if a concern. This is because I have Cerebral Palsy.
When I was younger, I never really realized what an impact this condition had on me. Perhaps it was because I was treated like everyone else without limitations. Sure, I was limited in what I could do sometimes, but for the most part I was very much like the other kids in the hood.
Now that I am older, I have let myself go in the ‘weight department’. I am not just overweight; I am obese (a fact that I am not proud of, but am working on to change). I had no choice really. I was starting to fall all the time even at work.
As a kid, I had numerous surgeries on my legs. They fix some things, but they created others. Such is modern medicine, which treats things and symptoms as they appear, and not the overall issue or issues – materialism at its best – so here I stand, old (and showing signs of aging with aches and pains most days), obese, and disabled where each is taking its toll on my body.
I cannot do anything about my CP, but I can do things to control aging effects and being obese: lose weight and exercise. The only exercise I can do at the moment is walking (I would love to get back to the gym, but currently this is not a valid option). This is where I find myself. It is not bad really. I am on the right path. I just need to move more. I will get there. I just have to avoid falling back into bad behaviors. I have no choice, so I am making the best of it.
—Robert Confiant 6 September 2016