Sue Womeldorf
  • Female
  • Tucson, AZ
  • United States
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Sue Womeldorf is now a member of Polio Today
Mar 7, 2016

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Are you a Polio Survivor?
yes
What year did you contract polio?
1951
Do you have Post-Polio Syndrome?
Yes
When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
1985
List any assistive devices you are using...
Power wheelchair
List any Polio Survivor Groups that you belong to online or in person.
Polio Epic Tucson AZ; online Coffeehouse Post Polio group.
Please describe how polio has changed your life.
Having had polio in 1951 at the age of 2, I learned to walk with leg braces and crutches. Being so young this was the only way I knew to get around. So as others who had polio this was my norm, and I did what most others my age did...or at least I tried to. And also as others with polio, I went to college and taught in a preschool speech and language program. I married and gave birth to two baby girls, who are now grown with children of their own. Sometimes I look back and wonder how I did it all. But, I just did! Without any thoughts that maybe I couldn't.
Around 1985 I started slowing down, and like most of you was finally diagnosed with PPS. At first I cried! But soon got back into the swing of things, though differently once again. I started using a wheelchair. This change wasn't hard; walking, trying to continue to walk was the hard thing to do. At this point in life, I accept my condition.....didn't say I like it, but by accepting my life as it is, I am able to joyfully live and do my best within the realm of my ability. I also have 3 young grandchildren to enjoy often. And I'm blessed with a wonderful husband of 41 years. We've always enjoyed doing things together so he can assist me as I need wherever we are doing things we enjoy together. Early on I learned to have a full life despite polio, and now after adjusting to post-polio, I'm learning to do the same.
How did you find out about PolioToday.org?
Saw it online.

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