Born in Los Angeles and having lived nearly all of my life in northern California, as a former art major who got a BA in Managerial Accounting and ran my own business for thirty-three years, I have always craved creative outlets. I sang with various groups and wrote songs and poetry, painted water colors, and have had essays and a song published. I had polio in 1951 at age three, was hospitalized for six months, and lived most of my life as a handicapped person trying to be a “normie.” I reside in Marin County with my husband, Richard Falk. I now work part-time, and spend a good deal of time managing our home and garden, and a significant amount managing the effects of post-polio. And I write. I have travelled the world despite my gimpy partially-paralyzed leg and severe limp. I facilitate a polio survivors’ group in Marin County, and also a Meetup writing group, Just Write Marin County. I appeared in the Nobel Prize/PBS documentary, “The War Against Microbes,” as the only representative of a disease now eradicated by a vaccine. I love mystery and historical novels or captivating biography or memoir, and movies, pool exercise, the outdoors, hanging out with good friends, lots of British tea and a little champagne now and then.
Francine 9 months before having polio, Easter, 1950
Francine skiing on one ski, age 51, 1998, Tahoe Adaptive Ski School, Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe, California
Francine, out of hospital for a couple of months in 1951, and happy to be learning to be a child again
Francine at Yosemite on rented scooter, 2015