We are the Iloreta brothers, Joshua and Jason. At birth, the lack of oxygen damaged the part of Joshua's brain that controls his muscle tone and movements. Doctors said Josh would live the rest of his life with a condition known as Cerebral Palsy (CP). Two years later, I was born, and he couldn't get rid of me. We grew up on the small island of Kauaʻi with our parents and two older sisters. While resources for people with cerebral palsy weren't readily available, support from family and our community ran abundant. Still, however, coping with the challenges of cerebral palsy, both as a person living with CP and as a caretaker, became a daily challenge requiring copious amounts of physical, mental, and emotional energy.
Itʻs exhausting. Itʻs frustrating. And at times all we want to do is give up.
But, God has a purpose and a future for us both. Here, we explore that purpose: to offer insight and support to others like us, who fight everyday with the challenges of a diagnosis. By living and documenting our lives, in an honest and vulnerable way, we pray others can connect their narratives with ours and feel a sense of comfort knowing they're not alone. So if you're living with a diagnosis, a caretaker of such person, or simply another human being wanting to learn more about different people, we invite you into our lives as the Iloreta Bros.
But hurry. We've hit the ground running.
Try to keep up with us.