Mary overcame the childhood challenges of polio, an abusive, alcoholic father and grandmother and a drug addicted mother by immersing herself in her academic career. She was high school valedictorian and went on to receive a BS in Communications from Boston University. When she worked in public relations at the counseling center at Boston University, the director urged her to pursue a career in social work noticing her compassion and empathy when interacting with students. Mary received an MSW from Boston College and was inducted into the Jesuit Honor Society Alpha Sigma Nu.
She went on to have a decorated and celebrated career at the VA where she received a Blinded Veterans Association Certificate of Appreciation Award, social worker of the year and employee of the month. But Mary knew something in her life was missing. In December 2006, the diagnosis of post polio syndrome, a progressive neuromuscular disease, gave Mary the push she needed to make dramatic lifestyle changes to get on the path to health and healing.
In February of 2007 as Mary asked for Divine guidance of what was next in her life, she wrote the poem "Running the Race ". She had no idea as she sat in a leg brace using a cane and at times a wheelchair for mobility that in fact two years later she would cross the finish line of the 2009 Boston Marathon and raise $10,535 for Spaulding Rehab Hospital where she took the first steps on her healing journey. During these past six years, Mary has been on a quest to heal her life from paralytic polio followed by 9 years of unrelenting trauma culminating with the suicide of her father when she was 17 years old, one month before she went off to Boston University.
Mary has been described by some as one of the strongest and bravest women they have ever met yet Mary is humble, grateful and honored to be able to share her message of healing, hope and possibility with others. She is the author of 5 books of inspirational poetry and is writing her memoir, "Coming Home:A Memoir of Healing, Hope and Possibility" inspired by the work of KMI Structural Integration through which she was able to release trauma, help her mind, body and heart to heal and recover from paralytic polio.
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