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Post-Polio Health (ISSN 1066-5331)

Vol. 30, No. 1, Winter 2014


Promoting Positive Solutions

Rhoda Olkin, PhD, and Dr. Stephanie T. Machell, PsyD

QUESTION: Regarding the Promoting Positive Solutions column in the last issue of Post-Polio Health, Vol. 29, No. 4: I can identify with the person in the question. I also had polio as a teenager, and, like him, I am still on my own with assistance but concerned about what will happen to me if my situation worsens. I don’t think the columnists understand the problem. Loss of independence is a heavier problem than is reflected by their answers; they see this problem only on the surface. It is depressing to think about transitioning from being autonomous to depending on strangers as caregivers who then become dependent on you for their livelihood. If you are a polio survivor – you have the right to be depressed!

QUESTION: At a recent meeting, someone found it fun to mock me as she spoke. My body is quite misshapen and the brace makes me appear to look stiff and odd. She focused on me in a friendly, humorous way as if seeking my approval for doing her performance so well. Earlier, I saw another member go through a similar act mocking a woman who is not disabled, but does have a unique way of speaking. There will be more meetings and I haven’t decided the best way to handle this. How would you suggest I respond?



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