Joan P Mershon
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  • Cincinnati, OH
  • United States
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What year did you contract polio?
1952
Do you have Post-Polio Syndrome?
yes
When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
10 years ago
List any assistive devices you are using...
Leg brace and crutches
List any Polio Survivor Groups that you belong to online or in person.
The Polio Connection, Cincinnati, Ohio
Please describe how polio has changed your life.
I came down with polio in 1952, I was 6 years old. As with other polio survivors, I could not play with the other children once they were old enough to get bikes. I was mostly by myself, watching the other children play and ride their bikes. My leg braces were so hot in the summer, I developed terrible heat rash on my legs. The braces were so painful, I would take them off and crawl around the neighborhood. I was so ashamed. Due to a lot of physical therapy, I got rid of my hip brace and my left leg brace. My left leg has always been weaker than most. In high school I walked without any crutches and that lasted for about 20 years. Then I began to notice more weakness and fatigue. I discovered I had post-polio syndrome. I was devastated. How could this happen. I gradually got more tired and weak. I could not go out with my friends much any more. I had to cut back on all of my activity, I was just to tired. I started taking naps, something I had never had a need to do before. Several years ago, a friend of mine, who happened to be a nurse, told me about a way to work on my health that might help my symptoms from PPS. I was ready to try anything. I changes my diet from head to toe and added supplements to my diet that were fresh organic whole foods in capsules to bridge the gap between what I ate and what I should eat. The supplements helped me so much, I had more energy, had better digestion, better nails and hair to mention a few. I am back to my old self, I got my life back. I have been blessed.
How did you find out about PolioToday.org?
Internet

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