World Polio Day

I got interested in learning about and helping Polio because of my mom who does work with helping Shot@Life to teach people about diseases that kill millions of kids around the world. (We are lucky to have the vaccines here in the United States, but other children in places like Africa are not so lucky).

Small Steps The Year I Got Polio by Peg KehretSmall Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret, is a book about a little  girl who had polio, but was a surviver.

Things I learned about Polio from reading Small Steps:

  1. That you could end up in a iron lung (breathing machine- Back in the 1940’s, before a vaccine for polio was created).
  2.  Polio patient were not allowed to dink anything with milk because it made mucus in their throat but Peg didn’t care and was able to drink a milkshake instead of water, apple juice or 7 up.
  3. Never give up! Peg never gave up on trying to get better and trying to walk for her favorite doctor, which inspires me to do social good.

Find out about Shot@Life and World Polio Day.

Donate to Shot@Life to help end Polio and other diseases.

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First Winter Swim Practice

So we walked up the sidewalk, and I saw through the glass doors to the camp I used to go to. I said “Hay I remember being  here for camp.” So we entered the camp. Then we walked down the stairs and went to the pool room. We all gathered on the stair stand and the new coaches introduced themselves. Then we started swimming.

Coach L. was the coach for the lane I was in. She said to do “4 50’s” (8 Laps). Then she said 12 25’s ! (12 laps!!!!!!). It was a true struggle. Then coach L. said to do 6 50’s (12 Laps!!!!!!!!!). My legs ached & ached. They felt like they were frozen at points. When I got to the second to last 50, I was so behind that the other kids were already on the last one. So coach L. said “you can rest a minute.” Then she said “you can skip this & wait for the others if you want.”  But I said ” No thank you.” But when I got to the other end I said to myself “although you made the right choice this is really hard.”  When I got back everybody was waiting for me. It was embarassing. Then coach L. said it was time to go home.

I was really sore the morning after that.

swimming freestyle

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Spunk is me

I am Spunk.

I like art, I like building, I like dogs, I like travel, I like nature, I like doing social good.I am spunk because everybody says I’m spunky.

puppy

This is not my dog & its not me.

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