Jo Ann Underwood, McCoy
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  • Marlinton, WV
  • United States
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Are you a Polio Survivor?
yes
What year did you contract polio?
1956
Do you have Post-Polio Syndrome?
Yes
When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
1998
List any assistive devices you are using...
foot to leg brace, power chair
List any Polio Survivor Groups that you belong to online or in person.
I belonged to a group in Pensacola FL, however, due to the post polio syndrome I had to move. There is not one near me. I have not tried online.
Please describe how polio has changed your life.
I was only 4 when I was in the hospital for a year and 3 months. The experience of being taking from my family and not having any family nearby was trauma for me. I remember things they had to do that was very scary to me. I believe due to this and another serious medical that I have has held me back. I was so shy and would not take up for myself. However, no one bailed me out. Although, it was very difficult I managed to hold a job at a large credit union for many years. I had to retire sooner than expected due to the post polio syndrome. There is a short story about me in the Pocahontas Times. My story comes up if you google my name, JoAnn Underwood, McCoy. It is under one step at a time. I have also written a short story of my illness for a class that I once took. I only have it in my scrape book. Polio crippled me but made me strong in another way.
How did you find out about PolioToday.org?
I was looking up on google as to why i am having more and stronger jerks in my body and leg.

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