Left Hand Woman

They say that lefties are extra creative- at least that’s what I tell myself, because I am one. Being left-handed is somewhat of a inconvenience in and of itself, but that’s the least of my worries.

I have a disability called Cerebral Palsy (CP). Due to being born almost 3 months early, I was born before my brain was fully developed-specifically my muscles and motor skills. The specific type of CP I have is Spastic Quadriplegia; this means that all 4 of my limbs are affected by constant contractors of the muscles called spasticity. Spasticity can also be characterized as severe muscle tightness. Though spasticity affects all of my limbs, it is significantly more severe on my right side causing those muscles to be harder to manipulate; this is why I’m left-handed.

You’ll notice the logo for Spastic and Fantastic is a upright fist. This is the position my arms automatically take to if I’m not consciously thinking about it. My right side especially likes to do its own thing. I’ve even been given fist bumps by strangers who thought that’s what I was after! My boyfriend (who now sleeps on my left) will tell you that fist bumps are definitely preferable over my inadvertent punches due to spasms. Beware the fist! You’ve been warned.

…Sorry, Kyle.

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