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Unformatted text preview: On August 10, 1921, while vacationing with his family at Campobello, their island summer home in New Brunswick, Canada, FDR went for a swim and returned too tired to even remove his own bathing suit. He was soon found to have suffered paralysis in both legs due to polio. He spent the next few months recovering in the hospital. Doctors were initially very optimistic about FDR's chances for a complete recovery, but quickly realized that it would be difficult for him to ever sit up again without help. FDR's strong spirit was truly challenged for the first time in the hospital room, and it came alive. He did not allow himself to succumb to despondency. Although his legs atrophied, he practiced such rigorous exercise that his torso and arms as an older, paralyzed man were a far stronger frame than when he played football in college. By early 1922, FDR were a far stronger frame than when he played football in college....
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.
- Fall '07