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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2018/03/1978-pjc-vedders-modern-mushroom.html

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

{October 24, 2012 is World Polio Day}

October 24, 2012 is again World Polio Day ←(click it). In our lives there have been three persons we worked with, that had Polio.

Our boss in Italy had Polio as a young boy, but he grew out of it and managed a normal life. 

In Mernda, Victoria in Australia at one of the Campbell Soup mushroom plants, I worked with Tony, the harvest manager, in June of 1988 and he walked still on crutches, however FAST! It amazed me how driven this young man was and he had a great work ethic, despite him having had polio and never completely getting out of it. I certainly did admire his dedication.

Let me now introduce you again to John H.G. Soe from Jakarta, Indonesia with his incredible Polio related story... ‘Nobody’s child, everybody’s man’ as published in the Jakarta Post ←(click it). You will find the link of last year's blog-post about him, below this post. You also can click on the hyperlink above, but if you need to use a translator, that will not work... so for that you better read my post below.
Both of us are proud of what Rotary has done so far.
Husband Pieter is a Rotarian since 36 years and he was the President of the Dutch Rotary Club of Venray, in 1978.

Do you have anyone that suffered Polio?

Related clickable links:
{World Polio Day - Nobody's child everybody's man - Jakarta Post} | my post about Polio, 2011
Polio Eradication

Living Positively, One Step at a Time | JakartaGlobe story about John H G Soe
Polio survivors share a wealth of insight | interesting insights from the above mentioned friend...{Like Princess Diana, I also Tried to Tackle the Leprosy Stigma} | post about how John H G Soe has been helpful in obtaining a Grant from Rotary International for helping Leprosy victims.


  1. yes, one of our friends had polio as a child since she wasn't properly vaccinated. she wears a leg brace and walks with a limp.

  2. Dearest Mariette,
    Really great , what Rotary has done in all the years!
    I am lucky, that nobody arround me and my family had polio.
    Have a wonderful week,
    love and hugs,

  3. Liebe Mariette,
    es ist ein Glück, dass Polio in vielen Ländern besiegt ist. Ich kenne noch selbst Fälle, wo Menschen als Kind Kinderlähmung bekommen hatten und lebenslang mit den Folgen kämpften. Hoffentlich wird die Krankheit bald vollständig besiegt.
    Liebe Grüße, Johanna

  4. Proge's Godfather had severe polio as a child. He lived a good life, but died due to adult complications from the childhood polio. I grew up in era when schools were closed during polio epidemics. It's hard to remember when we live in such safety from disease that it still affects other parts of the world.

    Kudoes to Pieter for all the fine work he and the Rotarians have done!

  5. Liebe Mariette,
    ich kenne auch Menschen, die von der Kinderlähmung betroffen sind.
    Sonnige Grüße

  6. One of my good friends in New Orleans had polio as a child that caused both of her legs to be quite deformed. She uses special crutches to get around, drives her own car and has never let her deformity stop her in any way. My BIL also has one leg and foot that are deformed because of the disease. He has a special shoe with brace that he wears daily. Best wishes to you and Pieter. Tammy

  7. Dearest Mariette
    Amazing that you can eradicate such a horrible disease by vaccination. In Sweden we started to vaccinate children in the middle of the 1950s. Then polio disappeared completely in about 10 years.
    Hugs to you

  8. Cara Mariette, quando ero una bambina conoscevo un ragazzo, vicino di casa, colpito dalla poliomelite...è rimasto tanti anni su una sedia a rotelle e poi purtroppo è morto! Per fortuna ora c'è il vaccino per questa brutta malattia!
    Ti mando un abbraccio colmo di affetto!

  9. I have never known anyone with polio and I am very unfamiliar with it. Thank you for your post and raising awareness!
    And thank you for your comment about comment setting. I gotta check my setting!

  10. Dearest Mariette,
    Our children lived in peril, There were more then 36,000 reports of emotional about last year and another 14,200 reports of physical abuse,and DHS had to come to the rescue after including...
    I was going to on our society in my setting today.
    Hugs and love to you always!

  11. Dear Mariette,
    Am glad you shared the true story of me and my activities in Rotary.
    There are some other articles also, but in Indonesian language.

    Keep in touch and the best of Rotary greetings to all.
    John H.G.Soe


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