My Journey with CP: Tylia Flores

Hi, my name is Tylia Flores, I’m 23 years old with Spastic Cerebral Palsy that mostly affects my left side of my body. When I was born I only weighed 2 lbs. 3 oz. I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of two, and shortly after being diagnosed I started going to preschool at United Cerebral Palsy in New York, where my journey with CP really began. My mother and I truly received great support throughout the whole entire school, and that is also where I met my friend Daniel but by the time I was five United Cerebral Palsy thought it would be best for me to go to a regular public school. 

 

That’s when I truly discovered I was unique from everybody else, but I couldn’t understand why being the only student in a wheelchair in my class it made me feel out of place since I used to be the same as everyone else in a group of kids just like me. But it taught me a lot about society and the way society is. I think that was the first time I truly escaped out of the bubble; Daniel attended the same elementary school as me a year before I relocated to Florida. 

 

Throughout that time, I faced many obstacles including experiences with bullying from being different from the rest of the kids in my elementary schools that I attended over the years because I moved around a lot. I remember this one time in the fourth grade where I had just gotten AFO’s and I was so excited to wear them to school but once I got to school the reality came out that the AFO’s were going to be something that the kids would pick on me about and I would come from school crying about it to the point that I stopped wearing them for years.  

Now, on to middle school where I began as the nerdy girl in the wheelchair, I was mostly into reading books and my studies with buck teeth until I got braces for my teeth at less and on top of that I wind up getting glasses although I was not getting bullied as much in fact I had the best years of my life I was even able to go on the end-of-year trip to Island Adventures with my teachers and friends it was also the year that Daniel and I reconnected through myspace. My 8th-grade year along with having a 3.8 GPA were great and I was ready to head on to my next adventure high school.

High school was rough, as I faced a lot of stereotyping and a lot of bullying from my teachers and the teachers, during which time my grades went down; my G.P.A was a 2.5, the lowest it has gone so I felt like I had nowhere to go and on top of that Daniel had passed away that same year so it was a lot to handle but overall I’m happy to say that I’ve overcome those obstacles and challenges I have to face now as a twenty-three-year-old woman who has published a book and begun spreading awareness about her disability I have to say I’m proud of how far came life as I continue to stomp on Cerebral Palsy.

 Click here to check out tylia’s Facebook page: Stomping out CP

Published by McKenna_Thrush

You may be wondering what makes our relationship so unique... Cole has Asperger's, and I (McKenna) have Cerebral Palsy. The challenges of life, coupled with our disabilities can make for a pretty interesting day-to-day life. In fact our life sometimes seems like anything but day-to-day. ​I suppose the same can be said for our relationship from the beginning. We started dating just over 2 years ago and decided that we wanted to have a courtship than your typical dating relationship. The purpose of showing people our lives, is to show people that disability doesn't need to stop you from reaching your goals. You can still go to college, live independently, get married, and even have a family regardless of the cards you are dealt. We may not be your typical couple. we may not live "normal lives" but that doesn't stop us from living the best life we can!

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