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Life with Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy can cause many limitations in a child with the disorder, but one mom isn’t letting that stop her son from living a happy life. Communication and mobility problems cannot stop a child’s determination.

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My name is Sylvanna Rienner, I have 2 little boys. My 3-1/2-year-old is Michael Rienner and he was diagnosed at 18 months with cerebral palsy. I remember the day that they told me he had cerebral palsy. It was very hard for my husband and I. In the back of my head I always knew, but just to hear it from the doctor, I think, that might have been very hard for us. One of his biggest challenges is that, it's very hard for him to eat on his own and being moved in general. He has limitations of his legs. But he is so motivated. It's incredible! He'll try anything. He'll do anything that you ask him to do. His vocabulary has increased. I mean it's just tremendous, and the way that he even sings Pop music on the radio. He loves to watch sports. He watches football on Sunday with his Dad. And you know, he says "goal", even if it's not a goal. It's a touchdown. And then when they fumble with the ball he goes "oooh". But he's got that infectious smile that brightens up any room! It's just so nice. He's a breath of fresh air and everybody that meets him- falls in love.