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What I’ve learned about my disability during COVID-19

Tylia Flores smiling

The Coronavirus pandemic has been very difficult for me, like most people with disabilities, as I struggled to figure out how to navigate the disruption in day-to-day life and the community.

I am taking one day at a time. Like all intense experiences and challenges, being a person with Cerebral Palsy and dealing with the pandemic has taught some new lessons, including about my disability and how I view it.

So, what exactly have I learned about my journey and disability during the pandemic?

It’s okay to take longer to do certain tasks it doesn’t mean you have failed – Before the pandemic, I used to always feel that if I couldn’t complete a task due to my Cerebral Palsy, I have failed. But the pandemic has taught me that I shouldn’t be so hard on myself if I could not complete a certain task there is always tomorrow.

It’s okay to admit you have a bad day – Before the pandemic, I would never admit to someone that I had a bad day and got frustrated with my situation but now I’m more willing to accept and admit that I’ve had a bad day.

My disability makes my life an adventure – I learned that cerebral palsy has made my life a beautiful adventure with many stories and lessons to be learned from.

Cerebral Palsy makes me a stronger person – I learned to recognize and celebrate that Cerebral Palsy makes me a stronger person and there isn’t anything I can’t handle.

My condition does not define what I can or cannot do – During this pandemic, I have been able to achieve milestones. Like never thought I would start to write my memoir, or started my YouTube channel and a radio show and advocating for the Cerebral Palsy community.

About the Author

Tylia Flores
Tylia Flores

Tylia Flores is a 25-year-old born with cerebral palsy. Although her condition has affected her mobility, it has never affected her will and determination to make a difference in the world. Through her many life challenges and obstacles, she discovered her passion for writing. Tylia’s goal in life is to share her stories with the world. In doing so, she hopes to help others with disabilities realize that they, too, have the potential to make their dreams come true.