I was born in South Dakota. I have lived in Iowa since 1966, my
senior year in high school. My parents were married young. My
mother was 18 yr. old and my dad was 19 yr. old. I was their
first born. The first of six children. My parents first noticed
that I was having problems walking when I was 3 yr.
old.(1952). My right leg was shorter and turned in.
They took me to a specialist and polio was diagnosed. The clinic
where I went had father/son physicians by the name of Van De
Mark. The father, Guy, told my parents that nothing could be
done. Take me home and I would be crippled for life. However, my
parents had the foresight to get a second opinion. They took me
to the son, Robert Van De Mark. He started a rigorous physical
therapy program, including daily exercises at home. I wore a
plaster cast for six weeks and then a built up shoe and brace for
two years. Thanks to my parents and their diligence in getting a
second opinion, I am one of the lucky ones. I have no residual
effects from the polio.