KEEPING IT REAL: Glenn’s Story

Fri 10 Jun 2022

KEEPING IT REAL: Glenn's Story*

By Glen Moscoso

What achievement are you most proud of and why?

This is really a difficult question to narrow down to just one! I’ve accomplished so much from getting my driver’s license to earning a master degree to becoming a husband and a father to even owning my own home. They all have special meanings and mark special times in my life.

What's the most adventurous thing you've done and what's one adventure you hope to take?

I went on a cruise to another country not knowing what the accessibility would be. I hope to take an RV road trip across the country and visit different historical places.

What do you hope to achieve in the next few years?

I hope to retire in a few years and focus my time on my blog and writing a book.

What is most rewarding about being a parent? On the flip side, what's the most challenging part of parenting?

The most rewarding part of being a parent is seeing your child succeed and having him just sit and talk to you. The most challenging part, for me, is sitting back and watching my son play the sport he loves and not being able to physically work with him to build his skills.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Hang in there. Don’t sweat what you can’t do but rather embrace what you're able to do and build on those abilities.

What do you wish other people knew about what it's like to have cerebral palsy?

With cerebral palsy you truly never know what you’re going to wake up to.  One day, my speech is great and I have no pain. The next day, it’s the complete opposite and yet you haven't done anything different! 

What advice would you give others with cerebral palsy?

Enjoy life! Embrace your abilities and even your inabilities. Play the hand you’ve been dealt and keep asking for another card. You will hit blackjack!

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Becoming a parent, you actually learn a lot about yourself, but in particular, you learn about your cerebral palsy. I have some facial expressions and hand gestures that I always thought were cp related.  Yeah, no — my son has them as well! Notice I said “your cerebral palsy.” That was intentional as no two people experience the same effects from CP.

*Glenn's story is part of KEEPING IT REAL — a series of personal stories that will take you deeper into the lives of people with CP. Each person makes different choices based on what works for them, and we’ll showcase that — highlighting what life is like for them on a daily basis, what they care about, and the ways CP impacts them. 

The KEEPING IT REAL blog is intended solely to raise awareness about the varied human experience with cerebral palsy and shouldn't be read or construed to contain any medical advice or medical endorsement by Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation. Only you and your doctor know what's best for you. Please consult your doctor for medical advice.

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