Patient Spotlight: Gabby Greco
Meet Gabriella Greco!
How did you find the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center (WFCPC):
I found the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy center through an old roommate and friend who, like me, has cerebral palsy and receives treatment with Dr. Roye. She also introduced me and got me integrated into the Ballet Group at Lincoln Center - which, I have to say, was a dream come true. I had always had this “secret desire” to be a dancer but never thought it would be attainable because...well, balance was never a strong suit for me.
How has the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center impacted your care:
Receiving care through the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center has been life-changing. I don’t say that lightly. As many with CP I am sure will agree, receiving care after reaching the age of eighteen is next to, if not near impossible, and drives home the whole feeling of being underrepresented and marginalized. So, what Dr. Roye is doing is vital. He has given me some level of a renewed hope.
What is one thing you would like people to know about the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center?
I think the one thing would be the echoing of what I mentioned in the previous question. Having a place like the Weinberg FamilyCerebral Palsy Center is vital to the ongoing care of adults with CP especially. What I think most people don’t get is that cerebral palsy does not get better. It does not “go away.” Yes, it is “non-progressive” by a non-genetic definition, but the affects are most definitely, and require a lifelong routine of maintenance. I’ll never forget when I first met Doc he said he was certain he would walk in and find someone sitting in a wheelchair because of how I was “reflecting on paper.” It’s been a long, hard road so to have validation for the work already put in brought me to tears. It was very clear in that moment how important having the Center is. But it can't stop here either. We have to keep going. Moving forward.