“People sometimes say, ‘She’s so happy!’ like they’re
surprised, as if she shouldn’t be happy because she has
a disability,” said Jolane. Jolane also wants others to
know that a diagnosis of cerebral palsy affects every child
in a different way – there’s a wide spectrum.
Every time Alifa explains Junayd’s diagnosis to
people they meet, her wish is always that she doesn’t
get ‘that look’. ‘That look’ involves a sudden change in
facial expression, to one of pity and sadness.