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Let's Sleep With Our
Nightmares and Follow Our Dreams
- Also reproduced in Issue No.8 - November 1997
Author(s): Sunny Roller, M.A.
Original Publication: Keynote speech
given at the Atlanta Post-Polio Conference, "Been There, Done That,
Movin' On" in Atlanta Georgia, September 12-14, 1997
Abstract/Extract:The title of our
presentation today is "Let's Sleep With Our Nightmares and Follow Our
Dreams." Living with polio for 40, 50, or 60 plus years has filled each
of our lives with a generous supply of both nightmares and dreams. I
believe that from time to time it is important for us to reflect on our
very private nightmares and dreams, if we are to live an abundant and
healthful life in the years ahead. As we take time consider this dual
challenge today, thinking about following our dreams or being led by
our hopes is one thing. We've been doing that successfully for years,
but sleeping with an array of nightmares - now that is quite another
thing! How could I suggest such a thing? Well, let's stop and
contemplate. Maybe I shouldn't ask, but have you ever slept with a
nightmare? Well, I'll tell you a secret, I've slept with a few horrible
nightmares during the course of my adult life and I highly recommend
it. It can be liberating, rejuvenating and VERY good for your mental
Abroad: Canadian Roulette, Rue Britannia
Dr. Richard Louis Bruno
Abstract/Extract: Over the past few
years much heat has been generated by suggested solutions to the
difficult problem of reforming the American health care system. A
solution promoted by the Clintons', but despised by their free-market
Republican opponents, is a single-payer health care system very much
like the ones in Canada and Great Britain. Such systems, where
treatment is paid for by the government, provide medical care to all
citizens regardless of their ability to pay. Or do they?
POST-POLIO SEQUELAE AND
THE PARADIGMS OF THE 50's:
Newtie, Ozzie and Harriet versus Paradigms of Caring and a Future for
Rehabilitation in America
Richard L. Bruno, Ph.D.
Original Publication: Presentation:
The 45th annual John Stanley Coulter Memorial Lecture presented to the
American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Alexandria, Virginia,
June 24, 1995
Archive: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 76 (12):
Abstract/Extract: We find ourselves at
an extremely interesting and extremely extreme point in our nation's
history. The pendulum of what American's believe government should do
has swung all the way from FDR's New Deal, gaining momentum as it flew
past LBJ's Great Society to hit Bill Clinton squarely between the eyes.
In listening to the political rhetoric since last year's Republican
coup, I believe that not only have the times changed but also that time
itself has changed. I have the feeling it is not June 24, 1995. It
feels to me as if the clock has been turned back exactly forty years.
So, put on your poodle skirts, slick back your D.A. and let's return to
those thrilling days of yesteryear so we can view the childhood and
adolescence of rehabilitation through the eyes of those who have grown
up with it: the survivors of America's polio epidemics. Let's see what
lessons have been learned, now that both the polio poster children and
rehabilitation have reached mid-life, and ask this most important
question: Given the current ideological timewarp, will polio survivors
- will rehabilitation itself - have any future at all, let alone enjoy
their golden years?
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Mary T. Westbrook, PhD
Original Publication: Paper presented
at the final plenary session of the Australian International Post-Polio
Conference, Sydney, November, 1996
Abstract/Extract: One overwhelming
impression I have from the conference is that we polios are opening up
with each other in ways that did not happen in the early days of our
support groups. We are acknowledging that dealing with PPS is
difficult. We still too frequently downplay our problems and criticise
ourselves for not coping more effectively. As one participant said, we
need to learn to ask for help and to say 'No' to demands that overtax
us. One of the main messages of this conference has been that we need
to be caring of ourselves and that we can gain much through mutual
friendship and support.
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