Thomas Maske
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I have a problem with curiosity and I have one question that entered my mind about 20 years ago, and that was "what is the longetivity of a person who has had polio?" I knew it had to depend on the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Polivka Oct 18, 2015.

Polio Eradication

Read in a local paper: Today is the day (March 27, 2014). For many around the world, celebrations are happening as Southeast Asia is being officially declared polio-free by the Regional Certification…Continue

Started Mar 28, 2014

2 door cars
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Been a full time wheelchair user since 1950 and cars back then were very easy to put the chair in the back seat but over the years cars have gotten smaller and narrower. Have been driving a 97 Monte…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Maske Mar 29, 2014.

Polio the Book

Ran across the book Polio by David M. Oshinsky and  was reminded what the time was like back in the 50's and the polio epidemics. It gives a good history outline of developing the vaccines and the…Continue

Started Aug 11, 2013

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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?
10 years ago
List any assistive devices you are using...
Wheelchair from the beginning
Please describe how polio has changed your life.
Having polio at age 16 changes ones dreams and goals from able body to disable body.
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At 2:48pm on December 30, 2010, Ted Granger said…

Welcome to Polio Today.  This is one of those double edge sword for both of us.  I got it at age 6 while you got it at 16.  You were able to have a childhood free of polio while it was taken from me.  My dream at 6 was to have my bicycle that was promised.  That was taken from me.  I had to develop goals from that point which was probably easier.  You had the childhood and had developed goals during that time to have those taken away.  I have surmized  that may have been harder. 

One thing for sure - polio was never fair as to when it destroyed dreams and altered our outcome.   It just did what it did when it did to each individule.



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