Barbara M Wichlan
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  • Pleasant Hill, CA
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Angela Assenza left a comment for Barbara M Wichlan
"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…"
Aug 9
Barbara M Wichlan left a comment for Angela Assenza
"Thanks.  Just this past March I traveled with my daughter and daughter n law to Phuket Thailand to see my son who is a hotel manager there.  We traveled around the island for a week and even took a speed boat out to the beautiful PHI PHI…"
Aug 9
Angela Assenza left a comment for Barbara M Wichlan
"Hi Barbara. Your profile is very inspiring! Thank you for sharing! Angela"
Aug 8
PAMELA SWIFT-LATOUR left a comment for Barbara M Wichlan
"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."
Sep 27, 2014
Barbara M Wichlan is now a member of Polio Today
Sep 23, 2014

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Are you a Polio Survivor?
yes
What year did you contract polio?
1945
Do you have Post-Polio Syndrome?
Yes
When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
?
List any assistive devices you are using...
cane, scooter and wheelchair occasionally
List any Polio Survivor Groups that you belong to online or in person.
SFBAPS
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.
How did you find out about PolioToday.org?
SFBAPS website

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At 5:31pm on August 9, 2017, Angela Assenza said…

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! 

At 2:48pm on August 8, 2017, Angela Assenza said…

Hi Barbara. Your profile is very inspiring! Thank you for sharing! Angela

At 10:29am on September 27, 2014, PAMELA SWIFT-LATOUR said…

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.

 
 
 

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