S: Peg Kehret
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FC: Peg Kehret | By: Courtney Neilson
1: She was born on November 11th, 1937 in Lacrosse, Wisconsin.
2: She wrote newspaper stories about dogs in her neighborhood.
3: Her grandpa paid her three cents for every article she wrote.
4: Peg went out of business because she continually showed her own dog on the front page.
5: She was diagnosed with polio in September 1949. | Peg was told that she had more than one kind of polio.
6: * Peg had Spinal Polio, which causes paralysis. * She also had Respiratory Polio, which causes difficulty breathing. * The final one she was diagnosed with was Bulbar Polio, which causes difficulty talking and swallowing.
7: Polio's full name is Poliomyelitis. The polio virus attacks the nerve cells, which controls the muscles of the body.
8: Some cases of polio are so bad, that the patient needs an iron lung to help them breathe.
9: Peg was paralyzed from the neck down.
10: To get better Peg had to use hot packs and physical therapy.
11: Peg wanted to become a writer or a vet.
12: She became a writer but animals and vets have been in many of her books.
13: Peg did a total of six plays. | Peg wrote magazine stories, plays and radio commercials.
14: * In 1955 she married Carl Kehret. * In 1979 Peg published her first book.
15: She likes to volunteer for the Humane Society and Pasado's Safe Haven.
16: Peg won the Dorothy Canfield Award, for her book, Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio.
17: Many other books of Peg's have also won awards.
18: Her husband, Carl, died on April 28th, 2004. | Peg is still alive and she is 74 years old.
19: She likes to watch baseball and gymnastics, but she also likes to read and write.
20: Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio | In September, 1949 Peg had a homecoming parade coming up. But a few days before the parade she got muscle spasms in her legs and had a high fever.
21: The doctors diagnosed her with three kinds of polio, spinal, respiratory, and bulbar. She was paralyzed from the neck down.
22: To get better, Peg used the Sister Kenny Treatment. | It involves hot packs and physical therapy because there was no polio vaccine back then.
23: While Peg was in the hospital, she made many friends. Some of them were, Shirley, Dorothy, Renee, Alice, Tommy and Dr. Bevis.
24: Books by Peg Kehret: *Abduction *The Blizzard Disaster *Cages *Earthquake Terror *Nightmare Mountain *Searching for Candlestick Park *Shelter Dogs *Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio *Terror at the Zoo ...and many more.!