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.
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Saw it online.
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