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Children contracting polio were suddenly placed in a world which a child with polio had to accept, and a world that other children and adults did not understand.  Mark quietly and candidly traces his journey through that world of experience, giving us an insight that few have gained. A fascinating story that chronicles one person’s acceptance of the permanent and devastating changes of polio, a story that embodies sensitivity, some sadness, acceptance, and eventual success, joined at times with a wry sense of humor.   His story ends as he participates on a board of a major institution helping to improve the lives of others with similar difficulties.  For this reader, the book and each of its chapters seem to cry out for more detail in each story.   A delightful read that imparts a bit more understanding of our fellow human beings.” Dr. Jack Billion, MD


I finished reading your book last night and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Your story of perseverance is inspiring to say the least.  I really enjoyed your writing style of reflecting on memories from childhood to the present.  Reading it made me recall some of my fondest memories as well.

Thanks for completing and sharing your book!”

Dr. Lew Brown, PhD, Dean of Engineering, South Dakota State University


Everybody needs to read this book, Dennis Evenson


Mark's book is an absolute MUST READ! What a beautiful story about his life! It is not so much about the fact he had polio, but so much more about his life!!!! Gay Schmidt


“A great story and I think will be a must read for many people, those in similar circumstances or with family in similar circumstances  and those who are working in facilities to help people with challenges” Dr. Duane Sander, PhD, SDSU Dean of Engineering, retired.


“Mark's story touches my heart, not only because he is my cousin, and I am the daughter of 'Aunt Donna' whom he makes reference to in this book, but because his journey is one of bravery as he met challenge after challenge without giving up, but by finding a way to make things work for him. This story brings to light how students with any physical challenges in those years of the 1960's, were not accommodated, but rather pushed out. The stories Mark shares bring back many memories of growing up with cousins in our small home town of Scotland, SD. This book will not disappoint those who grew up in Scotland, or those who have or know someone with physical challenges.” Jane Orth Rokusek


This is more a story about defining self than overcoming a physical handicap. We each have challenges. Mark chose not to let his challenges define him--a choice we can all embrace.” Cecilia Bickett Wittrock