Polio is personal for me

This is my mother’s true story of living through polio, and the vaccine discovery that changed everything.

Betsy Boehm Bland
6 min readNov 20, 2021

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My mother, before and after polio

On July 4th, 1948, my mother and her brother developed a fever, sore throat, and chills. A couple of days in, they fell while walking down the hall to the bathroom. She took them to the hospital. Her fears were confirmed — two of her three…

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Betsy Boehm Bland

Product Experience Team Lead and Designer | Mission Driven, User-Focused