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and you were a bell-bottom pioneer! LOL I'm so glad that was possible. Our schools wouldn't let girls wear pants in any case. I had a friend who lived near my grandmother that got polio and had to wear full braces. His case must have been worse because his legs never grew. But he still competed in gymnastics in college. He could do pommel horse, rings, high-bar, and parallel bars. He'd roll up to the equipment in his wheel chair and have his legs strapped together, and have someone lift him up onto the equipment. For his dismounts he just flipped off and landed in a seated position. One of my high school teachers had polio in just one leg, so that leg didn't grow as much --she had to get two different sized shoes and walked with an extreme limp--the small leg was much weaker and easy to injure. It's wonderful that you got all the specialized treatment to get such a good recovery.
Can you just picture this little girl with pants in the 50´s. I was actually an oddity. Girls did not wear skirt in those days. OMG! Now I think, Oh dear! What I got away with because of Polio... Now, I wear pants with elastic so that they can grow and shrink when I do... LOL www.aarp.org/community/editor/fckeditor/editor/images/smiley/msn/wink_smile.gif" />