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Franklin D. Roosevelt
The Nation’s Only Handicapped President Shows How He Dealt With Illness Pres. Roosevelt on Overcoming Adversity: “Make the most out of your life in spite of its handicaps...”.
13/02/1934. In 1921, with the 39-year-old energetic Franklin D. Roosevelt poised for a long and successful career, he was suddenly struck ill with a severe case of polio that left him paralyzed from the chest down. At that time, there was no vaccine to prevent the disease, nor even any effective treatment, and there was a certain stigma attached to it. The practice of the day was to hide the afflicted person away from the public eye.Roosevelt, a confident and some would say pampered and smug man, was advised to settle into a life of confinement and inactivity. However, he was not willing to give up; he was a fighter and determined to beat the disease. Hope was born when Roosevelt heard of a young polio victim who was able to walk again after swimming in the warm waters of a health spa at Warm Springs, GA, near Atlanta. In 1924 he moved to Warm Springs. After his initial disappointment with the rundown conditions and the frustration that came with his continued inability to walk, Roosevelt developed a deep appreciation for the pain and suffering of others and even an optimism and inspiration that polio victims could be helped there. In 1926, he invested two-thirds of his savings to purchase Warm Springs for $200,000, and created a cutting edge therapeutic center under the direction of the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation. His facility opened its doors to patients all over the country, providing medical treatment and an opportunity to spend time with others suffering from the effects of polio. Patients at Warm Springs were invigorated and re-learned to enjoy life.During the y … [Click Below for Full Description]
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