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.
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