In December of 2006, life as I had known it came to a screeching halt. I was given the diagnosis of post polio syndrome, a progressive neuromuscular disease. The years of hating and dissociating from my body, a result of paralytic polio I contracted at the age of 5 followed by 9 years of unrelenting trauma (physical, sexual and emotional abuse at the hands of family members) finally caught up with me. My mind, body and Spirit were crying out for healing. In the dark night of my soul in the midst of winter February 2007, I discovered the gift of poetry in my soul. Poetry flowed out of me with images of health, wholeness, healing and gratitude. My pen became my divining rod for healing.
After intensive outpatient rehab at Spaulding Rehab Hospital and working with a personal trainer, a physical transformation began and I went from my wheelchair to the finish line of the 2009 Boston Marathon. I discovered healing in the wake of new trauma after my nephew's suicide in March of 2011 and in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombings on 4/15/13.
I turned 60 years old on December 25th, 2013 and I am delighted to share with you my journey of healing, hope and possibility as expressed through my gift of poetry and my memoir, "Coming Home:A Memoir of Healing, Hope and Possibility."
Many have said that I am one of the strongest and bravest women they have met yet I live with a humble and grateful heart feeling blessed by the grace of healing in my life.
I hold a BS in Public Relations from Boston University, an MSW from Boston College and many fond memories of my award winning career at the Department of Veterans Affairs which I left in May of 2007 to heal my life and follow my passion as a writer and poet.
I live in Brookline, Massachusetts with Tom, my husband of 36 years with whom I have shared this journey of healing and awakening and our beloved four foot cat companion, Jamie.
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