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Title: Let's Sleep With Our Nightmares and Follow Our Dreams
[ Full Text Here ] Also reproduced in Issue No.8 - November 1997 of LINK-PIN.
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 health!

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Title: Polio Survivors Abroad: Canadian Roulette, Rue Britannia
[ Full Text Here ] Author(s): 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?

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Newtie, Ozzie and Harriet versus Paradigms of Caring and a Future for Rehabilitation in America
[ Full Text Here ] Author(s): 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): 1093-1096.
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?

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[ Full Text Here ] Author(s): 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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