My Polio Story - Lynda Shaw

I was born in Ghana, West Africa in 1955, where at just one year old I contracted poliomyelitis. While I can recall some childhood memories of leg stretches and massages, my main recollection of treatment for my polio was an operation I had on my leg aimed at lengthening my Achilles tendon and straightening my foot.

In 1980, I migrated to Australia settling in Adelaide, soon after arriving, I was fortunate to have a second operation on my leg, as the first one I underwent as a child in Ghana had been done prematurely – before I had finished growing.

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How A House Sale Sign Helped Me Play Golf

I was stricken with infantile paralysis (polio) at the age of two and had my last tendon stretching operation at about eleven, after that I tried to forget about it and get on with my life.

About five years ago I started to collapse forward and realized that the time had arrived when I needed some support in walking. I first paid for a brace to be made for me but it was not successful, so decided to have a go at making one myself. This, of course was all new to me so it was a matter of starting from scratch.

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My Polio Story - Ron Blackwell

I contracted the Paralytic Polio at the age of 9 and I led a fairly regular sort of existence once I got back into mainstream after being in hospital and enjoyed pretty decent health. By the time I was in my 40s started to experience difficulties which resulted in depression – stemmed from frustration not being able to do what you think you should be able to do.

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Polio in my life – a story by Terry Haighton

It was 1946 and the war was finally over. The family had moved from London to Essex and I attended the local primary school.

One day we were supplied with a form to take home for our parents to sign, it was to advise them that with the onset of polio, the whole school was to be vaccinated, and they were required to sign the application giving their permission. With the knowledge that in the past I always had a bad reaction to any form of injection, my mother was naturally concerned.

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