Effects of polio not beyond help

I had polio when I was a little girl. My parents saw that I was given the best medical care. But there was never any improvement in the condition of my paralyzed right leg or crooked back. And the doctors, who told me never to have children, predicted that my condition would only grow worse as I grew older.

I went to church as a child, but had no concept of God as having anything to do with daily life. In college I became an atheist, breaking away from what I considered to be a punishing kind of God. But in my own way, I still was searching for whatever truth might be out there.

As an adult I wore a leg brace with an attached shoe. It had a 2¾- inch lift. At one time my back hurt so much that a back brace was prescribed. Later I had to wear an even heavier back brace.

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