By Kim Constantinesco
Sometimes in order to keep a secret, you have to disguise it from yourself.
With help from his parents, Bonner Paddock, 38, concealed his disability for the first 30 years of his life. Paddock has cerebral palsy, and wasn’t accurately diagnosed until he was 11-years-old.
“They never wanted it to get in my head that I couldn’t do anything,” Paddock said of his parents. “I had two older brothers who were very athletic. It was one of those things where if I was out playing soccer with them, my parents didn’t want to remind me of it. I knew I was different and I had to go to the doctor’s. Not talking about it was their philosophy…It wasn’t really a high priority in terms of conversation topics because we had so much going on in our family.”