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Polio survivor helps distribute vaccine to others affected by the disease

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Ilchi Lee believes that spiritual growth can often come from traveling the world and experiencing new things. Growth and understanding are even more likely to increase when a traveler goes outside his or her comfort zone to help others.

This is the case of Ann Lee Hussey, who recently embarked on a mission to help polio victims because of her own harrowing experience with the disease in the summer of 1955, according to The Morning Sentinel. Hussey suffered from a high fever and was paralyzed from the waist down. While she could eventually move again, she has undergone numerous surgeries to get back to her feet and still has some weakness in her right leg.

When Hussey recently visited India to help distribute polio vaccines to others affected by the illness, she had to face her own fearful memories as well, particularly when working with a child who had contracted the disease.

“[The trip] brought back tons of memories of what I was like when I was 9 years old,” she told the news provider. “I lost it, to say the least… I cried for her, I cried for me and all the senseless waste we get from polio.”

Now, when she visits others stricken with polio, she takes off her shoes and socks to show sufferers her own feet. Hussey says that she is a role model of sorts, because she can inspire polio victims with her own story.

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