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Limping through Life: A Farm Boys Polio Memoir Hardcover – April 24, 2013
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Limping Through Life is well worth reading. It is an engaging Midwestern story of pain, striving, and hard work. Apps's descriptions of his parents' reactions to his illness are priceless and heartbreaking. His father's successful attempt to rehabilitate him through hard work and horse liniment captures both the strengths and weaknesses of farm families facing hardship. They made the best they could of what they had but unfortunately missed the damaged soul that needed tending. This story of farm childhood, polio, and making a new life where a weak leg would not matter is bound to intrigue anyone with an interest in the Midwest, agriculture, or childhood, and makes an excellent addition to the list of recently published memoirs detailing farm life at the middle of the twentieth century. (Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, The Annals of Iowa)
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But, most importantly, I have a patient (I am a physical therapist) who had polio at the same time as Jerry did. Same illness, perhaps a bit worse. I had loaned the book to him to read. He is now in the post-polio syndrome of this terrible disease, as is Jerry. He completely related to the initial illness and the subsequent syndrome. He both loved the book and had a terrible time reading it.
Thank you, Jerry, for sharing and putting into words everything that he experienced. And making it understandable for those who were impacted by it.
The emotion (or lack of) shown by people towards him is exactly how my parents were raised and how they raised me and my siblings. We weren't babied, coddled or handed a bunch of sappy, namby-pamby, anecdotes about life. You learned about life and death early on a farm, you learned about hard work and earning a living. A previous reviewer mentioned how his mom dropped him off at college without so much as a hug. My parents didn't even take me to college, my brother did and no, he didn't hug me either. He said, "have fun, see ya!"
I really liked this book. I thought he did a good job telling his story. You can tell, by how much he mentions that other people don't mention his polio, that he must still harbor ill feelings towards this disease that changed the course of his life. It's probably true with many things in life, we are our own worst critic. Others just see what they see, but we see all the could have/should have/would haves in life. Sometimes you just have to deal the hand your dealt, stop caring or looking at what you don't have and start living the life you do have.
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After spending summers on my grandparents farm I can relate to the stories Jerry Apps writes. He is a great story teller and I plan on reading more of Jerry's books.Published 3 months ago by Curly
Being the same age as Author ,really understood the times he grew up in. Also, having a sibling go through the Polio Crisis, Successfully, have great admiration for his pluck.Published 4 months ago by Charles McGilvray
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had 2 strokes that messed up my left side. Being a red neck from Montana ,I can understand life style at that period of time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Red Neck
Love this book, an easy read, I remembered a lot of things he did as child. Recommend it.Published 5 months ago by Ellen Courtney
So real. A great book for those that have forgotten what is available right in front of you. Easy read.Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
the type book I truly enjoy reading...I am nearly eighty years old, so love the historyPublished 14 months ago by mom in kan