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Early 1950s polio outbreak in the UK

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Old 08-29-2003, 04:57 PM   #1
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Post Early 1950s polio outbreak in the UK

I contracted polio early in 1950 when my doctor recommended swimming to aid my infirmity. As I live in a part of the UK where swimming pools were non-existent in the 1950s what were my parents suposed to do?

I have never recovered physically or emotionally from my infirmity and I am now 53 going on 54 years of age.

What can I do to come to terms with my disability after all this time?


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Old 09-08-2003, 11:16 AM   #2
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Hello Phil, sorry I don't have much in the way of answers for you. I would just have to say research all you can. Hope this helps some.

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Old 10-24-2003, 06:29 AM   #3
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Are you aware of Richard L. Bruno's book that was published a year ago? The Post-Polio Paradox. My doctor is reading it at this time to that he can gain more insight. His nurse practioner's sister has it, and that is how she knew from my symptoms that I did not have fibromyalgia (which I've had for 10 years), but actually PPS. Born in 1949, I had a severe illness in 1954 that my parents told me and my family was measles. However, I had to be immunized for measles when my son was born in 1975!!! My parents were very good at hiding "bad" things from the rest of my family. If you have access to the book, or can order it from Barnes and Noble on their website, I encourage you to do so. This was the breakthrough for me, especially when no one could explain why I was getting weaker and having more pain than ever. Even had a spinal tap!!! Good luck!

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