Tammy Powell
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Hi friends, How do I find someone on here? I read an article in the June issue of Real Simple and would really like to tell Ann Lee Hussey  how wonderfully inspiring to me reading the article on…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Salk Institute Jun 7, 2012.

Vitamin D 50000IU a week
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Has anyone expericenced increased muscle pain when taking prescription Vitamin D 50000IU a week? Family tells me it is all in my head, but I honestly really do feel an increase of pain, feels like…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marty Jan 8, 2010.

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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?
at age 48
List any assistive devices you are using...
crutch, brace
List any Polio Survivor Groups that you belong to online or in person.
post polio support group in richmond, va
Please describe how polio has changed your life.
I feel weak everyday. My energy does not last the day. I cannot walk for any great distances. i sleep a lot. i am putting on weight (very annoying). I am considering leaving work and going on disability.
UPDATE: I am now on long term disability.

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At 9:08am on March 24, 2011, Janice Cootey said…
I enjoy walking.  Here in the Rocky Mountains I can't walk during the winter.  To much snow & ice.  But come March the snow & ice melt off the streets & sidewalks quickley.  So I've begun very short walks for now.  Between winter & recent surgery I'm totally out of shape.  As Polio victims we have to take everything one step at a time.  So I'm walking a little each day.  With both legs in braces & a forearm crutch, I can't walk quickley anyway.  By the time the warm weather comes I hope to be ready for walking on simple nature trails.  Hugs & Smiles, Janice
At 12:29pm on March 17, 2011, Janice Cootey said…

Both my braces are like yours.  Knees down to foot beds.  Yuk !!!!!  Ugly  !!!! 

I wear New Balance sneakers & shoes with my braces.  They have box toes & roll-bars.  I have a pair of white/gray mess ventilated sneakers, a black leather pair,  a white leather pair, and a tan leather pair.  Tied shoes & braces, not very feminine. However, It's okay, because I can walk comfortably. Without braces I'm in big trouble. Hugs & Smiles, Janice 




At 10:32am on March 12, 2011, Janice Cootey said…
I wish I had a magic wand.  Then I'd grant everyone's wishes and Polio would leave our bodies.  We would all be as good as new.  Like you I'm exhausted, slowly gaining weight, health problems requiring surgeries, and weaker than I'd like. Depression  snaps at my heels. Braces and a forearm crutch complete the picture.  BUT, we are all more than Polio.  I love to read, explore the world on my computer, take easy hikes & I love taking photos. I adore spending time with my 11 precious grandchildren. Polio Today has brought so much to my life.  Online friends and information. Fill your life with the activites that make you smile, and share your life with our Polio family.  Your not alone.


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