My name is Arturo, I have quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and I'm 28 years old. In my eyes, my disability does not stand out compared to other incidents in my life.This a little background on my familes medical circumstances. My mom had a brain aneurysm in 1995, at 37. Flashing forward back to 1995, my mom's brain aneurysm was a Subarachnoid Hemorrhage unknowing just complaining of severe migraine headaches just days before rushing into emergency surgery. While in surgery, my mom's heart had stopped..
Fortunately doctors were able to revive her, but it left her in a coma in the ICU for four days following surgery. This near deadly health scare left my father speechless, leaving him unwilling to talk about it.
From 1999-2002 my dad was suffering from frequent balance control and memory blackouts. In June of 2002 my dad, at 55, was eventually diagnosed with a 100% fatal neurodegenerative disease known as Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (or sCJD). This was something I could not bare. With my disability and my mom's aneurysm, I thought the worst was behind us.
My mom cared for my dad as he did when she had her aneurysm. As for me, being the youngest of two in the family. I had step up and help my mom care for my dad. This monstrous disease took my dad's life in a little over 4.5 months, passing one month after his 56th birthday.
A year later our lives hit another roadblock. At 46 my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She went from having a single mastectomy at stage I to having a lumpectomy at stage III in a little less than a year. She gracefully survived her battle with cancer.
Looking back at all this I realized more advocacy needs to be made about these three illnesses, and thusly that's what I have set out to do. Thank You!