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More Than Meets The Eye.

People meeting Perrigrine Garner for the first time rarely detect her cerebral palsy symptoms. Perhaps they can’t see beyond her unique determination.

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A stroke as an infant affected Perrigrine Garner’s motor skills, something few people can detect in her physical manners.

But the effects were noticeable enough to mask that she had been born with mild cerebral palsy. As a result, doctors failed to diagnose her CP until she was 26.

Even now, people meeting Perri for the first time rarely detect her CP symptoms. On days when she experiences pain or stiffness, those who know her well might spot a slight limp or drooping and ask whether something is wrong.

“Sometimes, I wish my condition was more obvious,” says Perrigrine. “Most people think of me as having a driven, headstrong personality. But when they discover that I have cerebral palsy, some feel sorry for me.”

The last thing Perri wants is sympathy. “I’m the same capable person they knew before, and I’ve never let my disease stand in the way of achieving my goals.”

Perrigrine attends the University of Toledo’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, pursuing a pharmacy career to help others with disabilities improve their quality of life. Her dream is to own a pharmacy business and employ people with disabilities.

Perri’s experience with a long-overlooked CP diagnosis taught her the significance of a team-based perspective on healthcare. With that in mind, she serves as vice president of the Interprofessional Approach to Patient Care Student Council.

Perrigrine strives to be a good role model for her three daughters. Toward that end, once she completes her education, she plans to become an advocate on behalf of Toledo’s disability community.

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