Mary McManus has known challenges since she was five years old beginning with contracting paralytic polio and then enduring nine years of violence at the hands of family members. But those early challenges helped her to grow into the woman that she is today. Paralytic polio and trauma made Mary stronger. She has a fiery Spirit and moves forward undeterred by the challenges she faces in life. In 2007 after receiving the diagnosis of post polio syndrome, a "progressive neuromuscular disease" by Western Medicine standards, she took a leap of faith leaving her award winning almost 20 year career as a social worker at the Department of Veterans Affairs to heal her life. She discovered the gift of poetry in her soul. Her pen became her divining rod for healing as she put a call out to the Universe to imagine herself healthy, whole, free, running unencumbered and reclaiming her life from the thieves in the night who tried to take life away from her. She landed right smack in the middle of the glorious life she leads today.
Mary came out of retirement in August of 2015 to work as the Communications and Public Relations Director for Spratt Muscular Therapies, LLC, an innovative massage therapy practice that was the game changer for her in her healing journey. Through the power of positive touch, Mary healed the effects of paralytic polio and trauma and is now going the distance on the roads and in her life. Mary's philosophy is that we can go the distance whatever the challenge and whatever goals we set. Partnering with Spratt Muscular Therapies, LLC Mary reclaimed her life and reclaimed her advantage. She went on to run the 2016 Bermuda Half Marathon that had been on her bucket list for 3 years. Despite being told in December of 2014 she could not and should not run anymore she joyfully crossed the finish line of the 2016 Bermuda Half Marathon, hands held high with her life and running partner, Tom by her side.
You can follow her adventures on her blog, Going the Distance.
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