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Post-Polio Health (ISSN 1066-5331)

Vol. 31, No. 2, Spring 2015


A Sister Remembers

Mary Navarre, OP, Grand Rapids, Michigan

When Joan Headley, PHI Executive Director, asked me to be on a panel of family members of polio survivors at the conference in St. Louis, I was hesitant to do so as it was, and still is, difficult to talk about my life with my sister who contracted polio at the age of 6 – and even more so to speak about her death four years ago at the age of 64. Yet, I thought it might be helpful to others who are survivors and those who love them. And so I gathered some thoughts on the topic and went to the conference. I soon found myself in a room at the hotel with two other members of the panel, one was the daughter of a survivor and the other was the husband of a survivor.


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