Is it possible to heal from childhood paralytic polio, severe childhood trauma at the hands of an alcoholic father, a drug addicted mother and a psychotic grandmother? Is it possible to heal from the suicide of a father and nephew? Is it possible to live a vibrant, full life after being diagnosed with post polio syndrome - a progressive neuromuscular disease? The answer is a resounding yes.
In December of 2006, life as I had known it came to a screeching halt. I was given the life giving diagnosis of post polio syndrome. 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 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. But every finish line is a starting line and there were more miles to travel on my healing journey. I am blessed to have found my way to the work of KMI structural integration with Joseph Welch, BCSI, KMI, LMT.
This year I turn 60 years old and I am delighted to share with you my journey of healing, hope and possibility as expressed through my gift of poetry and my soon to be released 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 and 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 delight in creating original poetry for every occasion. You can learn more about my work by clicking on the tab, "It's More Than A Card, It's A Gift From The Heart."
I live in Brookline, Massachusetts with Tom, my husband of 35 years with whom I have shared this journey of healing and awakening and our beloved four foot cat companion, Jamie.
I am deeply grateful to Tom Myers, who drew from the work of Dr. Ida Rolf, Buckminster Fuller and Moshe Feldenkrais to create KMI structural integration body work and to Joseph Welch,KMI, BCSI,LMT for his dedication to the art and science of the work of KMI.
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