RIDE LIKE A GIRL Read More
This film selected as a fundraiser for Rotary's polio elimination effort is "Ride Like a Girl". Michelle Payne dreams of the Melbourne Cup. Sunday 22nd September at Regal Cinema, Kensington Park.at 1pm
My Journey from Disability and Disaster — to Possibility and Empowerment
From writing sums in the dirt with her finger at a poor village school in South Sudan, Esther Simbi rises above disability to become a Social Worker and Disability and Human Rights advocate in Australia. Giving voice to the voiceless is her passion. She believes that disability is not inability, age is just a number, and ‘refugee’ is just a label.
From polio at age four, through nineteen years in refugee camps in Uganda, Esther’s stories of life in South Sudan and as a refugee will move, shock and inspire you Read More
I am the youngest of six children and I am from the South Sudanese Kuku community. I speak the Kuku language and English. A few weeks after settling in my mother’s village Lomura, I contracted poliomyelitis. One morning in Lomura Village South Sudan, I woke up with a high fever and a body paralysed from neck to toe. I was not able to stand or sit up. My mother gave me a medicine made from local herbs, and she invented her own form of physiotherapy treatment where she massaged my body in cold water every morning. Read More
In January I shovelled snow and my left leg became very weak. My knee buckled twice but I caught myself before I fell. I went to my doctor and he sent me right to physical therapy. In the first session I was on the treadmill for 10 minutes, on the bike for 5 and I did straight leg raises with weights around my ankles. I barely made it home, where I fell to the kitchen floor. My legs are even weaker now and they are always burning. Don’t polio survivors need exercise to make weak muscles stronger?
Question: The knee on my polio leg kept bending further backward over the years. I was told to get a brace but didn't want one until I absolutely had to have it. After a while my knee hurt so much I’ve finally got a brace. But my knee bends so far back now that the brace bites into my skin and is so painful I can't wear it. Even if I could wear the brace, it is so heavy I can't lift my leg. What can I do?
In this edition
1. From the President
2. Bracing for Polio Survivors.
3. Exercise for Strengthening ?
4. Paralympian Elizabeth Edmondson
5. Elizabeth’s Medal Honour
6. Polio Survivor Story
7. Esther Simbi Book Details
8. Polio Health and Wellness Final Retreat.
Dr Quadros & Dr Sivam attended our recent AGM ,Dr Quadros delivered a presentation on activities in regard to Post Polio at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Read More
At just 14, Elizabeth Edmondson became the youngest Australian to claim an individual gold medal for swimming at either an Olympics or Paralympics Read More
Polio Australia’s ninth and final Polio Health and Wellness Retreat. The retreat focused on ‘Body, Mind & Spirit”, encompassing a range of self-management strategies for polio survivors and their carers.
Date: Thursday 17th October – Sunday 20th October
Location: St Joseph’s Centre for Reflective Living, 64 MacKillop Drive, Baulkham Hills, NSW 2153
Cost: $400 per person or $350 per person twin share/double rate Read More
AGM 18th August 2019 at 1pm Esther Simbi Polio SA member will be attending she will also be bringing copies of her book if anyone would like to purchase. Read More