Stella Newall
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Imagine, you are in a wheelchair and your house is burning down.  You go down the stairs? Where? How do you get out in  time? There is a flood, (like here right now) how do you get out? I am not…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Linda Rowan Jan 24, 2011.

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I have never felt happy with the word disabled, but never really thought about why I felt this way. A day or so ago I realised that its because the word is a negative of able.  That is, 'unable'.It…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stella Newall Aug 11, 2010.

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Yesterday after many battles via email and phone calls I was granted 'Emergency Funding' from Spinal Injuries to have domestic help in the house.  I was extremely lucky in that the person at Spinal…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Janet Williams Jul 20, 2010.

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Last time that I went to the mainland I had the misfortune to be trapped inside a taxi (maxitaxi) with the driver from hell; it takes a lot to frighten me, but I was really frightened of him.  If I'd…Continue

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I have finally met up with someone outside of the polio community who is interested in my current projects. This lady is working with a group of people to build a community garden on the island. I am so relieved, as I have met with nothing but apathy and /or hostility from those who in theory are there to help artists. This of course only makes me more determined to finish these projects.

I'm trying to raise interest in the book I am writing for wheelchair gardeners, and to get built…


Posted on August 25, 2010 at 12:13pm — 4 Comments

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At 3:35am on May 21, 2012, Ella Gaffney said…

Hi Stella

I take it that you live in QLD, there are a few Polio support groups.  If you get onto the Polio Australia web site there is a lot of help and support available.  They also have a Polio register so Polio survivors can enter their details.  They also have held 3 Heath and Wellness retreats over the last 3 years, this years was on the Sunshine Coast. They are great lots of information.  Anyway the Polio Australia web site is  I think you'll find it worth while. 

I live in a country town in NSW not far from George, he's Bathurst and I'm Mudgee.

Best wishes Ella.

At 8:50pm on January 10, 2011, Janice Cootey said…
Happy New Year dear friend. Wish I lived near you.  Then I could drop by and help brighten your day.  My cousin & a neighbor are fighting Cancer as well. Nasty disease. I'm glad your such a fighter, I look forward to reading your book about gardening on a higher level. As I write this message it's 16 degrees outside.  Every things white with snow & ice. Burrrrr it's cold.  So it's fun to think about spring and planting flowers & veggies. Good luck, get well soon, lots of HUGS, janice
At 12:37pm on October 9, 2010, Margaret DeBacker Dieguez said…
Very nice pictures. As to comment last Sept. 29th: "I am gradually learning that the abuse I received was not deserved-" I'm glad you are learning that because no one ever deserves abuse at any time for any reason. GOOD FOR YOU
At 3:01pm on October 2, 2010, Carol in TX said…
10/2/2010 5:00 PM CST

Stella, I just saw this post of yours. Did you email me? If you did and I didn't reply, please do so again, and I'll send your some articles. Hugs.
At 1:13pm on September 30, 2010, Sandra K Barr said…
Dear Stella,
I think that the possuibility of my ex-husband being narcissistic is quite likely. He scolded me on everthing. Even when I was in labor trying to deliver my son without medication of any kind, he kept scolding me for making too much noise. He said I had no right to bother any other people. The Dr came back and told me to make whatever noise I needed to get that baby out. But nothing I ever did was fast enough or big enough or whatever. to please him. I filed for divorce after I received a phone call from a man who said that my husband was sleeping with his wife. The next day I was in the attorney's office. I filed for divorce under adultery and abuse. The next day he counterfiled under emotional and physical abuse. When they questioned him about the abuse charges he explained that 13 yrs ago I had thrown a glass of water at him and 10 years ago I had slapped his face. These were his abuse charges. He dragged the divorce process out for 2 and 1/2 years When he was asked if the fact that I had been struggling under psychologial stress and, physical problems as well contributed to the downfall of the 27 years marriage,he responded that those issues had no place in this divorce. He said that what cause the failure of our marriage was simply my "Rotten Personality". And he stated that his goal was to end this whole marriage with me receiving just enough money to pay for my basic needs and nothing more.What a jerk,eh? Fortunately the judge did not reaspond well to his out bursts ansd he insured that I receivedenouigh moneyh to live fairly comfortible until I died. Thank you for your support! It is greatly appreciated!
At 10:45am on September 29, 2010, Sandra K Barr said…
I do thank you for your response. Just yesterday I was talking with someone and I was trying to figure what I was doing that was causing old friends and family to disappear. My husband used to call me a "stupid deadbeat" and used terms like "pitty party" "we would all be better off if you would just go kill yourself". I found that he was passing lies about my mothering our kids "she abuseed them and abandoned them" etc which was the basis of my 3 sisters cutting me off and agreeing to testify against me and for him if we went to trial. As I find out more about what he is activly doing to cut me off from my family I don't know if I felt better rather than worse. The para-legal from my divorce team called me awhile back to tell me that they had a few things to tell me: She said that clients initially come in reporting abuse that frequently turns into somewhat exagerted behavior as the case develops. In my case, however, everything that I reported as abusee turned out to be "right on the money". if not minimized. These kinds of feedback as well as feedback from you and others here do help. I am gradually learning that the abuse I received was not deserved- that the problem was with him and not with me. Thank you!
At 10:12am on September 14, 2010, Jimmy Moses said…
Thank you for the comments. I was stricken with polio at age three. I spent 6 months in an iron lung. I only remember bits and pieces of that time. I remember being in a wheel chail for a while, I remember wearing braces on my legs and I remember riding a Grayhound Bus to Los Angles, Calif. with my Mom and going to a big hospital to be examined. By the time I got to the first grade I was no longer wearing the braces. I pretty much had a good childhood with only a slight limp. Got drafted into the army in 1970,but ditched that and joined and served in the Marines for four years (70-74). Always have had a slight limp. Had my right knee replaced in 2001 and my left replaced in 2007. Arthritus showed up around 1996, but it is more than that now. My ankels really bother me and just above them. I have discussed my problem in the past with my primary care doctor. I have an appointment with him in Oct. and we are really going to discusse my aches and pains. At times when I breath in it is like I breath in, but my lungs bon't fill up. Its hard to explain, almost like I can't catch my breath. I have a 30% disablity from the Marine Corp threw the VA and I might also discuss it with them. Haven't found any groups listed here in Arizona for PPS, could be I am not looking in the right place.

At 6:03pm on September 3, 2010, Paula Lambert said…
Hi Stella, sorry for the long delay, I had surgery on Aug 16th. I am doing great! It's called a Nissen Fundoplacation, it's a full stomach wrap to alleviate my decades of problems with GERD. I am on soft foods for 5 weeks, how are you dear one?
At 1:50am on August 31, 2010, Janice Cootey said…
Which Island to you live on ? When we lived on Cape Cod, we lived in Sandwich. Sandwich was settled by the Pilgrims in 1637. As a family we loved walking along the shore collecting shells & driftwood. The sound of the waves rolling & splashing onto the shore was such a relaxing sound. I remember falling asleep at home, listening to the sound of foghorns. I miss the low lying fog of early morning, and the smell of salt air. The waters of the Atlantic are very cold, and very different from your shoreline I'm sure. Two summers ago I visited my cousin on Cape Cod. I took my braces off and tried to walk along the beach, just were the waves break on the shore. For the first time in my life I couldn't keep my balance. My feet sank in the sand, I wobbled, and my cousin caught me just before I fell into the water. It was a very sad moment . A very simple task, just walking along the shore in bear feet, was stolen from me thanks to Polio. It's the little freedoms we lose, a bit at a time, that mark Post Polio Syndrome. Well, I've decided the next time I want to wade in the ocean , I'll just leave my shoes and braces on. Problem solved !!
At 4:01pm on August 19, 2010, Janice Cootey said…
Hi Stella, I may live in the Rocky Mountains, but I do love the ocean. Close to my heart are the whales. Before I moved to Utah, my husband, sons and I lived on Cape Cod. Most of the year I love Utah. But during the summer I long for Cape Cod. Today I watched a video about Australia's Great Barrier Reef on the National Geographic website. I found the video very interesting, and I really enjoyed seeing the beauty of the Barrier Reef's depths. I thought I would share it with you.


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