By Mary Herbert, 2005 0:00 minutes
This is a story about the ongoing struggles of life. Mary was born with cerebral palsy, but the determination of her mother and father to support their daughter has ensured that she leads a fulfilling life. She began walking at twelve after intensive therapy. Later in life she encountered more obstacles ' the greatest of which was fear. She shares stories about her life and talks about overcoming fear.
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How do we deal with fear?
- What chance encounter changed Mary’s life when she was four years old?
- What chance encounters have had a major impact on your life?
- How have Mary’s mother and father supported her? How important has this support been to her quality of life?
- Who are your main supporters?
- Mary saw herself as no different to anyone else at school. Why? What is the importance of identifying with others in social groups?
Later in life Mary faced a greater obstacle than cerebral palsy.
- What was that obstacle?
- What was Mary frightened of?
- What advice does Mary offer to people who are ‘prisoners of fear’?
We all respond differently to fear.
- Form small groups and list some fearful situations that people face and the different ways in which they respond to fear.
- How do you respond in fearful situations?
Research- cerebral palsy
- What is cerebral palsy?
- How can it affect individuals?
- What services are available to support people with cerebral palsy and their carers?
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