Polio Place

A service of Post-Polio Health International

support groups

Financial contributions to groups

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Nancy Baldwin Carter, Omaha, Nebraska

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Addressing fears

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Nancy Baldwin Carter, Omaha, Nebraska

QUESTION: "We have a number of new members as a result of the publicity our group got through the WE'RE STILL HERE! campaign. Several of the people who called expressed their fears, which I think we all have. How can we help members address their fears in a meaningful way?”

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Intimidated by the opinionated

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Nancy Baldwin Carter, Omaha, Nebraska

QUESTION: “Some people in my group seem to have very definite, strong and unwavering opinions. Their voices are always heard, because they speak up.  Now, I am hesitant to open up any discussion because they dominate and others clam up.  What can I do to create a better atmosphere during the meetings, so others can be heard (and want to come back to the meetings)?

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Who's in charge? Role of spouses

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Nancy Baldwin Carter, Omaha, Nebraska

QUESTION: ”Who’s in charge? In our group, some of the spouses have taken over the leadership roles and they are not as understanding of our situation. Has this happened to other groups? How was it rectified?”

ANSWER: Who do you want to be in charge?

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Clash of members' "abilities"

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Nancy Baldwin Carter, Omaha, Nebraska

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Newsletter content

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Nancy Baldwin Carter, Omaha, Nebraska

QUESTION: “We have published a support group newsletter for more than ten years and feel it is time to re-evaluate its content. What should go into a good polio newsletter?”

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Working with physicians in our area

∞ LEADERSHIP
Nancy Baldwin Carter, Omaha, Nebraska

QUESTION: “My physician seems to have little knowledge of potential polio problems. Should I be worried? What are my options?”

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Losing our rights?

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Nancy Baldwin Carter, Omaha, Nebraska

QUESTION: “Members in our group have been commenting on certain changes that affect our lives in many ways. Seems as if various government agencies aren't as willing to help as before, for instance, and sometimes we're left with a financial burden we can't handle. Are we in danger of losing some of the rights so many of us fought for?”

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Finding Good Information Online

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Nancy Baldwin Carter, Omaha, Nebraska

QUESTION: “How do we help our members find good online information and use this in communicating with those in the medical community and others?”

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Losing members?

 LEADERSHIP
Nancy Baldwin Carter, Omaha, Nebraska

QUESTION: “Our group is down to about half a dozen members who rotate meeting at each other’s homes for lunch once a month. I’ve heard of other groups that are losing members as well. What can we do to keep our post-polio data bases from eroding to the point where we lose all contacts and are then unable to help anyone?”

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