Heroes of CP: Ellie Simpson – Part 2/3 (Life, CP, and University)

In this, the second part of our Heroes of CP interview with Ellie Simpson, Ellie talks about the way in which cerebral palsy affects her life, her fears leaving home and going to university, and how she approaches the challenges in her life.

Click here for part 1 of Ellie’s interview ‘Road to RaceRunning’

Click here for part 3 of Ellie’s interview ‘CP Teens UK’

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Ellie is a duel CPISRA World Games gold medalist, and the founder of CP Teens UK, an increasingly successful non-profit organization helping teenagers & young people with Cerebral Palsy and similar disabilities.

CP Teens UK: http://www.cpteensuk.org/

2015 CPISRA World Games: http://www.cpsport.org/news/cpisra-world-games/

The transcript of Ellie’s interview is below:

It affects my walking and my co-ordination, so I can’t do things like, pour drinks, or cut up food, or handle money. Things like that, like, everyday things really.

How do you overcome those things?

I ask other people to help me out a bit where needed.

I think if you have support around you, you’re more likely to go out and do different things, and have the confidence to do different things.

I applied for a sport degree at University and I would have never done that before I had that network around me

I wasn’t going to go, I was terrified of going, even up until the night before, I was like, I’m not going, I’m not going, and my mum dropped me off on my first day, and she was like, just go on, you don’t have to go back tomorrow. I was terrified, but I gave it a go, and it’s the best thing I have ever done.

I think I was scared of doing a sports degree, I thought people would think, why is she doing a sports degree? And I was scared about making friends, being in a new environment, and yeah it was quite a daunting process money for the charity.

How did you address each of those fears?

Yes, definitely, I think I would have just gone on in life having things my own way all the time, and actually not realizing that everything can’t go your own way all the time.

I think it’s made me, I don’t know how to say it really, I think as a teenager, teenagers are self-centered and it’s all about them, but I think it’s made me realize that it’s not all about me, and that there are other ways to do things, even if you can’t do it in the way it’s meant to be done.

Even the small things are more like, yay.