Polio Place

A service of Post-Polio Health International

Living With Polio

Millions of individuals who had polio are living in all areas of the world. Survivors range in age from a few months to nonagenarians (in their nineties). Aftereffects vary greatly depending on the number and location of the nerve cells destroyed by the poliovirus. The challenge or ease of living with polio varies for each survivor, depending on the availability of medical care and rehabilitation opportunities, and their family and social support.

Advice, hints, explanations, etc., are categorized by topic and are searchable. The source of the material is identified.

Reminder: PHI’s post-polio.org and IVUN’s ventusers.org or ventnews.org features numerous articles to assist in living with polio.

Who's in charge? Role of spouses

∞ LEADERSHIP
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"

∞ LEADERSHIP
Nancy Baldwin Carter, Omaha, Nebraska

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Newsletter content

LEADERSHIP
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?

∞ LEADERSHIP
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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