October 22, 2008
When I was four years old I came in contact with Polio through a live vaccine. The Polio affected my left arm and right leg. In 2004 my right leg started to weaken and a brace was made for me to wear every day for walking support. In September 2007 I was diagnosed with colon cancer and had to endure six months of chemo therapy which began that November. In April 2008 I noticed that it was becoming more difficult for me to walk any distance because of shooting pains that started down my leg. I went to see an orthopedic doctor who sent me for three months of physical therapy. With no results, the pain in my legs got worse and the distance I could walk was less.
I called the Post Polio Institute and spoke with Dr. Bruno. He advised me that the chemo therapy had affected my Polio by destroying the good cells I had, and my nerve endings. The pain in my legs has limited my everyday life. I spoke with a nurse at my insurance company who suggested that I try acupuncture. I decided it was worth a try. On October 17, 2008, I went to Bayshore Acupuncture without knowing how acupuncture worked. After my first treatment I could not believe that I was able to walk a short distances without my cane and that some of the pain in my legs had diminished. I started crying with excitement. After many months of so much pain this decrease made a big difference.