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Please describe how polio has changed your life.
It impacted my walking at the age of 19months of age. I was finally able to walk again after a few months. My one leg is several inches shorter than the other so My gate and back are off kilter. I have had several surgeries on my left leg and in 2007 my ankle was fused. I still work as a DENTAL HYGIENIST at the age of 70+ but I am unable to walk long distances. I do still travel all over the world with my scooter or wheelchair when I am with friends or family. Perhaps, POLIO has made me a tougher and stronger person.
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Hi Barbara, Thank you for your message about your travels with your daughter. How exciting! My daughter and I used to travel. It was so much fun! Now I have trouble walking a few blocks to the store. But I never get descouraged. I survived two cancers, surgery, chemoand 11 days in ICU as a result of the first chemo treatment. I was left with nerve damge throughout my body. I also have several autoamune disorders and other diagnoses. Post polio isn't my biggest challange. I spen a lot of time on my jewelry making and donating my crafts to non-profits for resale. We have different lives but both are good. Keep up the wonerful spirit! That's what keeps us going!
I KNOW HAVING POLIO HAS MADE ME A STRONGER PERSON. I GOT IT IN 54. WAS IN IRON LUNG FOR 18 MONTHS. LOTS OF SURGERIES HAD MY SPINE ALL FUSED WITH TITANIUM. CAN'T BEND OVER OVER FOR......I'M 64. LIVE IN SOUTHERN CALIF.