Learning to really listen to your body

Suffering from intense physical pain, Véronique Pagé received immediate care, and so much more.

When her body gave out in her mid-twenties, this young woman received all the necessary treatment, but, above all, advice that would change her life.

I was born with cerebral palsy, so I’ve always had to get around on Canadian crutches, also known as “forearm crutches” because of the way they’re used. Although practical, they are extremely demanding to use physically because they require constant upper body strength. As a result, I often needed the help of physiotherapists and occupational therapists when I was younger.

 

In the early 2000s, when I was in my mid-twenties, I was experiencing severe lumbar and trapezius pain. My body was literally giving out on me. Fortunately, I was able to quickly see the physiotherapists and a physician at the Centre de réadaptation Lucie-Bruneau. In just a few months, a team of experts got me back on my feet. Not only did I regain all my strength, I also learned a better way of doing things. For instance, I understood that an incorrect grip on my crutches was forcing my arms to work twice as hard as they needed to.

 

Skills for the rest of my life

Not only did I recover in the short term, I also learned better health practices that continue to serve me well.
Before, daily actions like getting around or carrying a heavy bag had caused me enormous muscular fatigue. The time I spent at Lucie-Bruneau made me more attentive to the healthy management of my movements.

 

Becoming a parent/strong>

When I was trying to become pregnant in early 2010, I turned to the services of the Clinique Parent Plus at Lucie-Bruneau. There, I learned to be aware of my limits and about the reality of becoming a mother with a serious physical disability.

 

Clinique Parent Plus gave me the tools and the means I needed to be autonomous and to ensure the safety of my son in various daily life situations, like getting around and caring for a baby. For example, when my son would start to run, what would I do, knowing that I couldn’t catch up to him? These kinds of skills made it possible for me to envisage the future with confidence and to be autonomous enough to look after my son when I was alone with him.

 

Parents Plus played a vital role in alleviating our fears about the family we were about to create. The members of the team helped my spouse and me enjoy our lives as parents, in all confidence and serenity. They guided us during our son’s first two years.

 

Lucie-Bruneau’s role in my life as a woman and as a mother has helped me play a leading role at the Viomax adapted training centre.

Véronique Pagé
Suffering from Cerebral palsy since birth

 

Some statistics concerning cerebral palsy
  • approximately 140 children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy each year in Quebec
  • some children have few demonstrations, while others are unable to walk alone or communicate
  • 20,000 people in Quebec live with cerebral palsy