About

I’m Natalie and I’m 20 years old.

I have dyspraxia and mild cerebral palsy. Dyspraxia in particular is a condition which there is very little awareness of, so raising awareness of it is something that is important to me. I blog mainly about dyspraxia but I also sometimes blog about other topics too, such as autism and cerebral palsy. All of my blog posts are disability-related though.

In case you’re wondering about the title of this blog, I initially planned on only writing a one-off blog post for Dyspraxia Awareness Week. However, I then began to think of more and more ideas and found that blogging is something I enjoy doing, and this was the result! Now aiming to raise much needed awareness a bit at a time as well as hopefully helping others with dyspraxia along the way 🙂

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  1. Hi Natalie. This is a great piece of writing too. I think you are my ‘dyspraxia twin’ although I am at a different stage of my life, but I really identify with all you say. The taking things literally bit has got me into a fair bit of bother over the years. I once went to the doctor with a ‘ladies’ complaint. And he wrote me out a prescription and then said “So, off with those jeans.” Well, naturally I started to remove my jeans as I thought he wanted to examine me, when he’d just meant that I should avoid wearing jeans for a while till the condition cleared up. Oh, blush! On the topic of forgetting things, I probably should have added to my blog the time I went for my last antenatal appointment at the surgery, and was running late and forgot to put my knickers on. Okay I know they’re medical professionals but the GP I was seeing that day was young and quite shy, and I only hoped he didn’t think it was some sort of message to him lol. Re: Eating, it’s odd, but I find that I can use chopsticks perfectly (although I wouldn’t want to try it with baked beans!) whereas a knife and fork can be tricky, especially the cutting bit. Nice to have made contact with you. One day, maybe everyone will understand folks like us 🙂

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    • Thank you so much! I’m glad you found it relatable! Haha, being dyspraxic does mean that we have plenty of funny stories to tell! I don’t think I’ve ever really attempted using chopsticks, but it would be interesting to try. Yes, it’s so nice speaking to other people with dyspraxia. And I agree, it would be great for dyspraxia to be a condition that people are more aware of one day 🙂

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  2. Josie Wentworth

    Hi Natalie, I have been reading your blog about dyspraxia and fatigue. My daughter suffers with this, she is dyslexic and dispraxic. I also suffer with severe tiredness. The thing that has helped the most is high dose vitamin c particularly liposomal vit c. Results are amazing and show within 10-30 minutes. You see it is also a brain food. The other thing that helps enormously is ionic magnesium oil this helps to reduce the high levels of stress generated by having to concentrate so hard and helps to relax so making it easier to sleep. Hope this might help you too. Hopefully one day mainstream will understand these conditions better, for dyspraxics are often highly intelligent and also have other sensitivity gifts that are not at first recognised. May be because they operate on different frequencies in the brain to mainstream and pick up things like changes in air pressure, and things often called supernatural or subliminal signals. Take special care of you and you will succeed in amazing ways. The world need people able to think outside the box! x

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    • Hi Josie, that’s really interesting to know. Thank you! 🙂 x

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  3. chloeconfidence

    Hi Natalie,
    I am also a diagnosed dyspraxic. Physical activities are extremely difficult for me, but 2 and a half years ago I took up horse riding. It was so difficult at first, just tying up a horse to a pole took me a year to figure out how to do properly. There have been no improvements with other sports, but my horse riding is becoming quite a high level and I am absolutely ecstatic that I have found something that dyspraxia doesn’t hold back. It still takes me a while to learn things, so I don’t usually go in group lessons as I would be holding back the other riders. I also struggle a lot with organising my words and I have little spacial awareness like most other dyspraxics. My mother is very understanding about my condition and I am very lucky to have her, she has adjusted most things at school to match my abilities. I feel like my father doesn’t really understand about my condition, however. He usually gives me challenges I simply can’t achieve, and sometimes it’s like he is pushing me so much, it’s so stressing. I try my very best to live up to his expectations, but I can’t do everything he wants me to do. I hope one day he might understand.
    I also suffer from severe anxiety and insomnia. I find life very hard sometimes, like I just can’t do it. I am so glad I discovered your blog, I think it will make me feel better connecting with other people like me.
    ~Chloe x

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    • Hi Chloe, that’s fantastic to hear how well horse riding has gone for you. I used to do horse riding (well, pony riding) when I was about 7 – I loved it, but fell off so many times! That’s a shame that your father isn’t so understanding of your dyspraxia, could you show him the dyspraxia foundation website maybe so that he can get more of an insight? Aw thank you, I’m glad you found it helpful. I’m not sure how old you are, but there’s a youth group on Facebook for people aged 13-25 with dyspraxia that you might like to join, if so I’ll send you the link x

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