Imagine Living Inside a Machine for 61 Years

Meet Martha Mason – The woman who lived in an Iron Lung for more than 61 years.

The Iron Lung was invented in 1927 and became the first real treatment for people suffering from Polio; a disease which paralyzes muscles in the body, including your diaphragm – the muscle that allows you to breathe on your own. This woman is a bastion of perseverance who has been called many things in her life, but you can never call her a quitter. She was slowly paralyzed from the neck down after contracting Polio at the age of 9. She led a full life in her Iron Lung; gaining many close friends, earning a doctorate, and writing a book, before passing away in 2009, aged 71. So, what’s your excuse for not getting everything you needed to do done today?