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FEATURE:

Polio:

If ONLY It Was a
Thing of the Past.

The PA Polio Survivor's Network.
How We Began Our Mission of Service
www.papolionetwork.org

M

y post polio journey was long, painful and truly
confusing. Happily, in the fall of 2013, I was finally
"there." Polio was no longer defining my life. I am a
Summer Grippe kid, often referred to as non paralytic," polio
survivor with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS).
Had I discovered the limitations that came with disability?
Yes.
Had I discovered new and pain free abilities? Yes.
I had been given the gift of understanding what was
happening and acceptance of my new limitations. I am a polio
survivor who is truly thriving. With that, has come a new kind
of energy.

World Polio Day, 2019 Central PA Coordinator, Deb
Stambaugh, brought together local polio survivors to support
the efforts of Rotary International and the Global Polio
Eradication Initiative.

For two years I had been writing the fascinating, joyful,
painful and truly memorable survivor stories of my friends.
Although active in my support group, my new energy was
looking for more. I knew without question that in the end,
I had been truly blessed in my care. In early spring 2014, I
discovered the PHI International Conference to be held in St.
Louis. I told my husband I wanted to go. He responded "You
can't travel alone." Poor guy, I will never forget the look on his
face as he dropped me off at Philadelphia airport on my bright
red scooter, suitcase under my feet. From that moment, my life
changed.
There was kindness everywhere I turned in the form of
smiles, patience and people willing to help. Although nervous
when I arrived at the conference location, I was excited as well.

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