A mother who lost both of her parents to polio has spoken out about the stigma around the illness and the difficulties she and her family have had to overcome in their attempt to recover.

Key points:Teresa Persis, 64, lost her mum to polio in 2010Teresa and her two sons were diagnosed with polio in 2007Teresa’s husband has a rare form of the disease, which can cause severe disabilityIt has been nearly two decades since Teresa lost her father, Paul PersisThe illness left her with severe joint and muscle pain that she had to endure for weeks before she was finally able to see her mother again.

After being treated in hospital, Mrs Persis was able to start taking medication, which eventually gave her the ability to walk again.

But the mother-of-four said she felt the stigma surrounding the disease was slowly fading in the face of a new understanding of what the illness is and how it affects people.

“There’s a lot of things that are very difficult for people to understand because they have been through it themselves,” Mrs Perssis told Business Insider.

“When you get your first diagnosis, it’s a relief because you know you’re OK.

It feels like a relief, but at the same time, it feels a little bit of a burden.”

She said she had struggled with her illness throughout her career and was always unsure about the future, but had overcome that barrier and felt “very confident”.

“I am a proud mother, and I’m proud to be a mum, and that’s what I wanted to do with my life,” she said.

“I’m proud that I can walk again and I can speak again and that I’m getting my life back.”‘

A lot of the stigma has worn off’Mrs Persis said her husband, Paul, had a rare variant of the polio-causing polio, which caused severe muscle pain and a lack of coordination.

“We were in a wheelchair and we had to walk a lot, and it was hard,” Mrs Cresis said.”[But] we had a really good job and I did really well.”

Mrs Perss’s mother and her children had both received treatment in hospital.

“In the early days, I was always afraid of being admitted, and of being given a treatment because I didn’t know what the treatment was,” Mrs Aresis explained.

“Now, I have a lot more confidence because I can say, ‘I’m not scared’.”

Mrs Aress, who also lost her husband to polio at the age of 15, said she believed it was important for the public to be educated about the condition and understand the effects it had on people.

She said the public had been “taught the wrong message” by the media, saying: “There was a lot that was wrong with the media.

There was a big stigma surrounding polio.”

It has taken a lot longer to get through the media about polio, and people are still having to fight for it.

“So there’s a big difference between the way they’re presenting the news now, and the way we used to have it.”

Mrs Areshis said the awareness of polio in Pakistan and the country’s health services were a “big change” from decades ago.

“Many people had no idea, and they didn’t feel comfortable sharing it,” she explained.’

It’s important for people not to be ashamed’Mrs A Resis said there were no other children or elderly people living in the village, and she hoped it would help to “give the community a little more confidence”.

“People who are not able to walk are not going to be able to get the support that they need to get back on their feet, and help their family to get on their footing,” she added.

“People have got to be proud of themselves for being able to go to the doctors and get treatment.”

This is a big change, and a lot people don’t have that knowledge.”‘

I think there’s something really wrong’Mrs Cress said she understood how difficult it had been for Mrs Areshas family, and was grateful to her son for speaking out about his own childhood polio diagnosis.”

My mum is very emotional, and we just want people to know that we’re OK,” Mrs Bresis added.”[Paul’s] a great man, and he’s very proud of what he has achieved and has achieved.”‘

It feels like I’m doing something to the world’Mrs Bress believes that the public should take time to understand the conditions that cause polio, rather than being overly reliant on the media to tell them what is happening.”

You should really know what’s going on, not just for yourself, but for your loved ones, for your family,” she continued.”

For us, it was really important