Limping Through Life

Limping Through Life

A Farm Boy's Polio Memoir

Book - 2013
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Polio was epidemic in the United States starting in 1916. By the 1930s, quarantines and school closings were becoming common, as isolation was one of the only ways to fight the disease. The Sauk vaccine was not available until 1955; in that year, Wisconsin's Fox River valley had more polio cases per capita than anywhere in the United States. In his most personal book, Jerry Apps, who contracted polio at age twelve, reveals how the disease affected him physically and emotionally, profoundly influencing his education, military service, and family life and setting him on the path to becoming a professional writer. A hardworking farm kid who loved playing softball, young Jerry Apps would have to make many adjustments and meet many challenges after that winter night he was stricken with a debilitating, sometimes fatal illness. In Limping through Life he explores the ways his world changed after polio and pays tribute to those family members, teachers, and friends who helped him along the way.
Publisher: Madison, WI : Wisconsin Historical Society Press, ©2013
ISBN: 9780870205804
Branch Call Number: B APPS,J
Characteristics: x, 235 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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An interesting and inspiring account of a life lived in the shadow of the effects of polio and how the challenges affected the author's life for the better.


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