Tell us what you remember
of the impact of polio:
I was one of the small children that was struck with polio. I was
3 years old (1945) and can remember my parents taking me to Blank
Children's Hospital. My father carried me into the hospital.
I was placed in an isolation unit for polio victims. My parents
were not allowed to touch me. I looked at them through a glass
window and waved to them. I still have the small yarn bear that
was given to me by my parents to hold while I was in
The only place that my body was affected was my face. I remember
doing what they called bunny exercises to strengthen the muscles
in my face. I have no visible signs that I ever had polio, which
I am very thankful for. Many others were crippled with the
My sister was sent to live with my aunt and grandmother to make
sure she was not exposed to the virus at home. She did not get
the polio virus.
Describe the reaction of
your family and others you knew to the development of the
Our family was thrilled when the vaccine was developed. I had to
take the vaccine also even though I had polio earlier. They told
me that there was more than one strain of polio and I needed to
be vaccinated for it.
I have two grown girls and 3 grandchildren and I am very thankful
that there is a vaccine to prevent them from getting polio.