PAMELA SWIFT-LATOUR
  • Female
  • Menifee, CA
  • United States
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Are you a Polio Survivor?
yes
What year did you contract polio?
1954
Do you have Post-Polio Syndrome?
yes
When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
when i was about 35
List any assistive devices you are using...
afo, i think that is the word, plastic foot holder,i don't have a cane, that a is old news, i have a walking stick, scooter, special shoes made for me. have a walker when needed.
List any Polio Survivor Groups that you belong to online or in person.
none
Please describe how polio has changed your life.
I HAVE HAD TO GIVE UP MY JOB. I KNOW IT SOUNDS CRAZY BUT I WAS A RURAL LETTER CARRIER , AND I LOVED IT. TOOK ME YEARS TO GET OVER IT. VERY DEPRESSED. I HAVE HAD TO GET BACK SURGERY. ALL TITANIUM NOW. HURTS ALL THE TIME AND VERY LIMITED TO EVERYTHING I DO. CAN'T EVEN PUT MY SHOES ON. I HAVE BEEN A VERY INDEPENDENT PERSON. NEVER THOUGHT OF MYSELF AS HANDICAPPED. MY PARENTS TREATED ME AS ONE OF THE KIDS. HAD 5 BROTHERS ONE SISTER. NOW I FEEL AS THOUGH I'M SO SLOW AND IN PAIN ALL THE TIME. I DON'T GO OUT VERY MUCH. I HAVE NO FRIENDS ANYMORE. ALL OF THEM ARE AT WORK. YOU KNOW HOW IT GOES WHEN YOUR NOT AT WORK ANYMORE. YOUR SOCIAL LIFE IS GONE. HAVE TRIED TO KEEP IN TOUCH, BUT HARD. I DON'T LIKE WHAT HAS BECOME OF THIS BODY UNIT ANYMORE. NEED TO TALK TO PEOPLE THAT HAVE SOME SENSE OF WHAT IT IS LIKE. NOBODY REALLY KNOWS WHAT IT IS LIKE. I DO TRY TO TALK TO MY HUSBAND, AND HE SYMPATHIZES BUT.....
How did you find out about PolioToday.org?
INTERNET

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