A Polio Reminder

When I was growing up in Clinton, South Carolina, the start of school was frequently delayed because of the threat of polio. Polio was a horrible disease that struck randomly. The public knew little about what caused the disease or whether polio could be spread by contact. Therefore, schools couldn’t begin their fall sessions until the threat was supposedly over. There was no cure and those afflicted were frequently paralyzed, some even put into so-called iron lungs in order to stay alive. Two kids in my class were polio victims and, though both survived, they were forever crippled by the disease. Franklin Roosevelt had polio. He was struck with it when he was in his early 20’s, long before he became president. This vibrant man fought valiantly against the disease but never completely regained use of his legs. When he learned of a resort in Georgia that had been helpful to recuperating polio victims, he decided to go there. Warm Springs, Georgia, became a place where Roosevelt frequented before and after he became president and where he eventually died after building the Little White House and establishing a hospital for reparative care. Recently, I traveled to Warm Springs and was thrilled with the history of this famous little town.


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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