I grew up in Westchester, NY and contracted paralytic polio in 1959 at the age of 5, during one of the last polio epidemics in the United States. Three years later and until the age of 17, I experienced violence at the hands of my alcoholic father and mentally ill grandmother. I was valedictorian of my high school class and went on to have an award winning career as a social worker at the VA. I was at the height of my career when I was diagnosed with post polio syndrome, a progressive neuromuscular disease.
I did not take the diagnosis of post polio syndrome sitting down. I embarked on a healing odyssey that began with a leap of faith as I left my social work career to heal my life and to follow my new found passion as a poet and writer. The first poem I penned in February of 2007 was "Running the Race," a foreshadowing of my 2009 Boston Marathon run. My pen became my divining rod for healing.
I am a 2009 Boston Marathon finisher, blogger, the author of 5 books of inspirational poetry my memoir, "Coming Home: A Memoir of Healing, Hope and Possibility" and am working on my next book, "Journey Well." I hold a BS in Public Relations from Boston University, an MSW from Boston College and many fond memories of my social work career at the VA in my heart. I am enjoying my retirement and delight in running, swimming, fund raising, writing and sharing my inspirational story as a survivor of paralytic polio and childhood domestic violence.
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