Our Program on Wheels is Changing Lives – You Can Help!

January 21, 2014

Home may be where the heart is, but when you have a developmental disability your house can feel like four walls isolating you from the world. Four walls that remind you of your disability. Four walls that keep you trapped from growing.

But at UCP, four wheels give people with disabilities the gift of freedom. UCP’s transportation system is a program on wheels – full of opportunities. Read more


If I Could Do It Again…

January 9, 2014

Free WeightsJust before Christmas, I received the good news that I do not need a knee replacement! The doctor’s prescription: stretching and strength training to ease the knee’s increasing pain and stiffness.

What a relief! No need to put my work on hold. No painful post-surgery rehabilitation – just a natural, non-invasive and much less expensive solution to my problem. I feel very thankful and positive about the results.

I’ve dutifully signed up for personal training sessions at the gym and shopped at the sporting goods store for things I need to strengthen and stretch at home as well. 

I was expecting a very slow and subtle difference in how my knee felt and could move. I have been pleasantly surprised. I’ve seen a noticeable improvement right away – that motivates me to keep at it. I’m eager to see how good things can get.

As thankful and optimistic as I am, I must confess some feelings of regret as well. As long as I can remember, I have been encouraged to exercise – stretching tight muscles and strengthening weak ones. I never saw the need for it. I could move painlessly and with ease, so I didn’t think I needed extra exercise. I naturally chose more sedentary activities and was content – for decades.

What I didn’t realize as the years moved on was that I was moving my body less and less – and bodies are designed to move. Increasingly my muscles have become less and less flexible – and now I am where I am.

While I’m profoundly grateful for a non-surgical solution for my present difficulty, I – just as profoundly – hope that these words will help someone else make wiser decisions than I did.

My advice to you: Deliberately exercise your body every day. The benefits will be amazing!

Guest blogger Alan Flynn of Sacramento has cerebral palsy and grew up in a small farming community in the Midwest, the middle child in a family of five boys. He has two adult daughters and a new grandson. Through his writing, he hopes to challenge himself and others to reach new goals in every aspect of our lives and gain self-understanding and enthusiasm for the opportunities waiting for us. 


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