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I find that my relationship with my disability is similar to a marriage. We have an agreement, my disability and I. It requires that I take care of it, and it will allow me to do what I want it will take care of me. It is not an altogether unfriendly relationship. Sometimes it is even a love relationship. Sometimes it is the relationship of a teacher and a student. Arnold Beisser, 1989

Left photo. A bride sitting on the lap of a man in a wheelchair rolling down a rural road
Right photo. A boy wearing a Santa hat with his father in a wheelchair
Left: Laura Nell Obaugh and Felix Oppenheim Wedgewood in England
Right: Ed Roberts and son

“Polios have a certain advantage over the able-bodied when it comes to aging…. We do not confuse the quality of our life with the quality of our tennis game. We know that happiness is not dependent upon activity nor is meaningful defined by trophies. A meaningful life may be hampered—but need not be defined—by pain or disability.”
—Hugh G. Gallagher, 1998

Photo of young men, all with crutches
Young people who experienced post-polio syndrome
Left photo. A man in a wheelchair next to his short wave radio equipment
Right photo. Woman in a wheelchair with 2 kids and a dog in her lap
Left: Jim Morse with his short wave radio equipment
Right: From Rehabilitation Gazette, mother with kids at playground

“While polio is a physical experience, it is also a social one…. Polio does not belong just to those of us who were infected by it, but to our mothers and fathers, our sisters and brothers, our partners and our children; to those who cared for us, to those who brutalized us (often not mutually exclusive categories); to those who saw us as palimpsests [tablets] on which to write their fear, their pity, their admiration, their empathy, their discomfort.”
—Anne Finger, 2004

Photo of a young girl with a walker standing next to two other young girls and a boy in front of a car, holding presents
Joy with her family, Christmas
Left photo. A bride standing and the groom in a wheelchair cutting their wedding cake
Right photo. Bride walking down the aisle with the groom with crutches
Left: Dick and Barbara Eckhardt’s wedding
Right: John Britt’s wedding

Photographs courtesy of Post-Polio Health International, Dan and Carol Wilson, Yoshiko Dart, Lorenzo Milam, Laura Nell Obaugh and Felix Oppenheim-Wedgewood, Joy Weeber and Ron Mace, Laura Kreiss and Ben Minowitz, Marc Shell, John Britt, Jack Warner, Richard J. Castiello, Dick and Barbara Eckhardt, Jean-Marc Giboux, and Rotary International

Photo of of a bride and groom

Daniel and Carol’s wedding

Photo of a man wheeling up a road with Mount Fuji in the landscape ahead of him

Justin climbing Mount Fuji, summer, 1965

Photo of a man in a wheelchair being hoisted up next to the mast of the boat

Felix Oppenheim-Wedgewood climbs aboard for the race

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