Mary Lou Pavick
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  • Summerville, SC
  • United States
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Are you a Polio Survivor?
yes
What year did you contract polio?
1936
Do you have Post-Polio Syndrome?
Yes
When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
In the early 1990's
List any assistive devices you are using...
Walker for short distances - wheel chair most of the time
List any Polio Survivor Groups that you belong to online or in person.
Charleston, SC, Post Polio Group
Please describe how polio has changed your life.
Since I had polio as an infant, when little was known about how to treat my disabilities, I went through a lot of experimental treatments to try to "fix" my feet, which were affected mostly. I had surgery on both of my feet at age 5 to attempt to straighten them. Eventually, at age 17, I had surgeries on my feet again which helped me to so walk better. I lived a somewhat normal life after that surgery with marriage, family and career which didn't require much physical activity.
My problems began about the time I fell and broke my left hip in 1993, I walked with a cane, but still was able to continue working. After retirement, I fell and broke my right hip and then had to use a walker. Several years later, I fell and broke my right hip again and had to have a hip replacement.
My difficulties with mobility and lack of energy began in the early 1990's, but I had never been able to do things that most children my age were doing while I was growing up I never had much stamina. It was much easier for me to work in an office so I could afford to pay someone to do the housework.
I am quite weak now, but I live alone and am able to take care of myself. I have someone to come in and clean the house once every two weeks I spend a lot of time on the computer - much of the time researching to find out more about gardening, health and other interests. I am able to put my walker in the back seat of my car and drive whenever I want to or need to go..
It was probably a blessing that I was handicapped from a young age and never had a very active life. I feel that some of my difficulties are caused by aging as well as post polio.
How did you find out about PolioToday.org?
My niece, Liz, Hincks, works for Salk Institute in San Diego.

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