Francine Falk-Allen
  • Female
  • San Rafael, CA
  • United States
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Francine Falk-Allen is now a member of Polio Today
Mar 7, 2016

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Are you a Polio Survivor?
yes
What year did you contract polio?
1951
Do you have Post-Polio Syndrome?
Yes
When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
1998
List any assistive devices you are using...
Canes, AFO, Lofstrand crutches, scooters, taping
List any Polio Survivor Groups that you belong to online or in person.
Polio Survivors of Marin; Post-Polio Health International
Please describe how polio has changed your life.
Polio drastically limited my physical ability. I have had severe paralysis in one foot, ankle and calf since 1951. There are many activities that appealed to me in which I would have loved to participate, but like many polio survivors, I tried to do everything possible, especially as a youth. Today I am more responsible and careful about expending energy, as PPS fatigue dominates. I have written a book, Not a Poster Child, which I am working on getting edited and published, about my experience of polio, how it affected my entire life, and how I manage now that I am in my elder years. I feel it is relevant to all handicapped persons and their families and caregivers. I also have a companion booklet I've composed, "Advice from the Wild Handicapper," about travel, attitudes for caregiving and assistance, and how to use assistive devices and take care of oneself.
How did you find out about PolioToday.org?
From the Polio Association.org website

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