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Striking a Balance

People with cerebral palsy (CP) are now living longer than they ever have before. But a longer life with CP can include more complex health issues that providers are struggling to accommodate.

One physical therapist at UNC wants to change that.

When Sarah Dowd was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2013, the news hit her like a shock wave. Her family has no history of cancer. She was only 48 years old.

For anyone facing a cancer diagnosis, the physical, mental, and emotional challenges are immense, but Dowd had to face an additional hurdle — she has cerebral palsy.

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