Amazing Courage : My Life as A Polio Survivor

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-08-30
  • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc

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The year was 1952...and in one moment that summer my life was changed forever. A dreaded virus was running rampant throughout the United States. Technically called infantile paralysis, this virus was more commonly known as polio. There had been sixty thousand documented cases and three thousand deaths that year, the last big epidemic before Dr. Jonas Salk discovered his vaccine. At fifteen years old I was diagnosed with this disease that the entire United States feared. My story is one of finding a way to overcome everyday problems posing monumental obstacles. After forty days in an iron lung; in an isolation ward for five months and eight months of rehabilitation, and being unable to use my arms and legs normally I had many challenges. Learning to walk again I married and had children but soon I was alone raising a six year old son and two year old daughter. It is my belief that my life has been what it was supposed to be. I believe I have lived life to the fullest and for that I am forever grateful for all the amazing people who helped me along the way and the amazing God who made it all possible.

Author Biography

Margaret Dieguez was born and raised in Warrensburg, Missouri. She has a BA degree in English from St. Mary College, Leavenworth Kansas and forty five graduate hours in Education from California State University, Northridge. She is now retired and lives in Lancaster, California.

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