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By Gary Presley

In 1959, seventeen-year-old Gary Presley used to be status in line, donning his favourite cowboy boots and expecting his ultimate inoculation of Salk vaccine. Seven days later, a foul headache brought on him to bypass basketball perform, inform his dad that he was once too sick to feed the calves, and stroll from barn to mattress with shaky, dizzying steps. He by no means walked back. by means of tomorrow, burning with the fever of polio, he was once fixed into the claustrophobic cocoon of the iron lung that may be his domestic for the following 3 months. Set one of the hardscrabble international of the Missouri Ozarks, scorching with sarcasm and acerbic wit, his memoir tells the tale of his trip from the iron lung to lifestyles in a wheelchair.

Presley is not any wheelchair hero, no inspiring determine preaching endurance and gratitude. a military brat grew to become farm child, newly arrived in a conservative rural group, he was once immobilized ahead of he may perhaps take the next move towards maturity. avoided, actually, from taking that subsequent step, he turned cranky and crabby, frightened and alienated, a rolling accountability crippled not only through polio yet by way of anger and melancholy, “a crip all over the place, beginning with the brain.” Slowly, even though, regardless of the constraints of navigating in a global prior to the americans with Disabilities Act, he builds an self sufficient life.

Now, nearly fifty years later, having tired wheelchair after wheelchair, survived post-polio syndrome, and married the lady of his goals, Gary has redefined himself as Gimp, extra able to act out than to talk up, ironic, perceptive, nonetheless cranky and illiberal yet extra accepting, extra capable of finding pleasure in his kinfolk and his newfound faith. although he detests pity, can spot condescension from miles away, and refuses to play the function of noble sufferer, he writes in a fashion that elicits sympathy and knowing and laughter. via giving his readers the unromantic fact approximately existence in a wheelchair, he escapes stereotypes approximately individuals with disabilities and strikes towards a spot the place each person is irreplaceable.

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