Barbara Gratzke
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  • Homestead, FL
  • United States
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Anyone want abstracts of what speakers at the European Polio Union conference covered?
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The European Polio Union group gathered informally and began to unite all the European country Post Polio group leaders and advocates at a conference in Italy in 2007.They have become stronger and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by L1z H1ncks Mar 4, 2012.

Dr. Bruno's post on Rotary Eradication Effort versus monies needed to find cure for polio and PPS
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Here is the link to an article about the Rotary and Bill Gates efforts to eradicate polio through vaccines being unreachable.  …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Janice Cootey Mar 18, 2011.

Has anyone else found different types of message therapy has helped to reduce pain or made itheir mobility better for a while
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I found a WATSU message therapst several years ago or I should say she found me through a referral from PPSers that take a specia-needs aquatic therapy class every week at a local County swimming…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barbara Angelica Crowe Nov 22, 2010.

Vocal problems due to PPS
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Yesterday, our Miami Post Polio Support group (Post Polio Assn. of South Florida) met at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and enjoyed the second of four seminars that the new…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stella Newall Feb 19, 2010.


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Are you a Polio Survivor?
What year did you contract polio?
Do you have Post-Polio Syndrome?
When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
diagnosed 1991 - symptoms earlier
List any assistive devices you are using...
scooter/long leg brace
List any Polio Survivor Groups that you belong to online or in person.
Post Polio Assn. of South Florida (PPASF)
International Post Polio Support Organizationn (IPPSO)
Post Polio Health International (PHI)
Please describe how polio has changed your life.
Gone from being able to perform the tasks of everyday living independently to needing personal assistance and assistive devices. Can no longer drive a car.

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At 4:21am on March 4, 2012, John Noble said…

Hi Barb

Thanks for the warm welcome. Not sure if we know each other? I was just diagnosed last week. I had surgery and woke up with all the PPS anesthesia symptoms. 2 and a half weeks of hell. Lower leg spasms in the middle of the night with extreme pain. Doctors couldn't stop them or the pain. Finally found a Neurologist that gave me Baclofen that worked.  I need surgery asap. I'm walking around with a stent in my ureter and stones in my kidney. Need to get the stone blasted. I think I may have found some PPS Doctors in Albany NY. Hope they can do surgery w/o the side effects. Found some info about PPS Dr Bruno and a great youtube video about the PPS. Never knew I had polio til just a couple months ago when talking to y brother about remembering being real sick and wearing braces on my legs. He said I had polio. WOW The more I find out about the PPS the more the puzzle unfolds.

At 1:46pm on January 15, 2011, sheila bayard said…

Hi Barbara,

Since the streets in NY have become treacherous, I'm spending more time

on the computer, and learned how to navigate a little better, and found your

message.  Strongly thinking about coming to Florida now, despite protests from my children who live near me here.  My husband also still works,  soooooo,

we will see.  Sorry about the debackle ( or whatever you would call it) with

the chats on iipso, just when I had learned of them.  Can't anyone else do them?

I don't think Professor Mike is anyone who will ever change his mind.

Anyway, hope you are well.  I am continuing my downward slide, but not too

bad.  Getting around with a walker.

At 12:47pm on July 19, 2010, Amy Gonzales said…
Hi Barb,
Just wanted to say Hi! Hope all is well with you. I'm still in the midst of trying to figure out what is going with me but I'm hanging in there with all the help of all the wonderful people here on this website. This website is great. I would like to say thank you to you for helping me find this website and meet these wonderful people. Take care and God Bless Amy
At 5:27am on February 25, 2010, YVONNE ELLANOR ISAACSON said…
At 1:07am on February 19, 2010, Cilla Webster gave Barbara Gratzke a gift
At 1:07am on February 19, 2010, Cilla Webster said…
Thanks for the welcome. Yes. I will take it very slowly.
At 11:42am on February 12, 2010, Amy Gonzales said…
Hi Barb- Just want to quickly give you an update. I went to a PPS meeting that was in Escondido this week and it was a great experience for me. I met up with Gladys and she is a sweetheart. She gave me a doctor's name so I can make an appt. and get an evaluation done to determine if I really have PPS. All of the polio survivors that I met are so wonderful. I'm so glad that I opened up your website and got a hold of you. Hope all is well with you.
Have a great weekend and Happy Valentines Day.....

At 6:50am on February 7, 2010, Susan Clay said…
Well Hi Barb - I've actually been following you, Shari, Johnnie and the other folks on IPPSO. Still a lot of good info coming from that site. Great Job you all are doing.
No longer working - I just couldn't make it through an 8 hr day any longer. At first it was very hard admitting I couldn't work...but now I kind of like it. Now I've got to figure what to do with the 'rest' of my life! I've begun training (or trying to!) a puppy as a service dog for me in terms of balance, pick up items etc. He's wonderful - I'll put a picture up of him soon.
How are you doing? Are you still traveling with your husband? I'd like to hear about that when you get some time...Talk to you later...Best Susan
At 12:20pm on January 31, 2010, Stella Newall said…
Barbara please join the group I put up the wa group because I couldn't see the 'view all' with my computer glasses. Sorry.
At 9:34am on January 27, 2010, Karin Ficke Cook said…
Welcome to the group, Barb. This is fantastic. I don't get over here as much as I'd like, but so many great folks do. So glad you are here.



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