From Poster Child to APPA Leadership
With a leg brace and crutches, she was a poster child for the March of Dimes in 1956 in Arizona; today Barbara Mayer is an active member of APPA serving on the Board of Directors.
As a young child and teenager, Barbara needed health care to help her deal with the effects of polio. She became fascinated learning all about the body and how people cope with a difficult medical situation. It seemed only natural for her to become a nurse. She felt her personal experience as a polio survivor made her a better nurse. Seldom did her patients complain about getting up and walking when they saw their nurse was wearing a long leg brace. When she was physically no longer able to work in a hospital, she was able to spend the last few years of her career teaching nursing students.
Since joining over seven years ago, she learned about how to cope with the effects of post-polio syndrome from specialists as well as fellow members. Barbara shared that the emotional support received from the members about the various challenges affecting her leg and what works well for mobility issues was invaluable.
Barbara's Photo History
Joe's Radio Interview
Joe Drogan, President of APPA, was interviewed on the Dottie Coffman radio show on WPCG 102.9 FM in February. Here's the link to the interview: