Mary Shiffer
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  • Tualatin, OR
  • United States
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Are you a Polio Survivor?
What year did you contract polio?
Do you have Post-Polio Syndrome?
When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
about 1980
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Please describe how polio has changed your life.
I have always had difficulty swallowing since the acute infection. This improved somewhat so that I did not have liquids coming out my nose but in the last 20 years the episodes of choking have increased and now I have food that remains in my throat and I am again having difficulty with liquids coming out my nose. I have sleep apnea. I am experiencing more fatigue and cannot get down to get things in my low cupboards easily. I am having mood problems dealing with the emotional issues of being so sick as a child. I have asthma that is difficult to treat. I have chronic hip, back, neck and knee problems.
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At 6:52pm on December 21, 2012, Ted Granger said…

Welcome to Polio Today - Polio Class of '53 just before my 6th birthday.  There are times when I just swallow and it does not go the way it should.  That scares me at times.



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