"I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened.” Wilma Rudolph, polio survivor and Olympic Champion
I've known challenges since I was five years old beginning with contracting paralytic polio and then enduring nine years of violence at the hands of family members. Those early challenges helped me to grow into the woman that I am today and prepared me to take on the challenge of Post-Polio Syndrome, a progressive neuromuscular disease by Western Medicine Standards.
Diagnosed in December 2006 at the height of my award winning career as a social worker at the Department of Veterans Affairs, I had done what I'd always done when faced with life’s trials and tribulations. I got still and asked for Divine Guidance. It came through my pen, my divining rod of healing. Poetry flowed inspiring mind, body and soul to heal.
I took a leap of faith in May 2007, leaving my career to go on a quest to heal my life. The first poem I wrote, “Running the Race,” foreshadowed my 2009 Boston Marathon run as a mobility impaired runner. I feverishly wrote poetry asking the question, ‘How will I ever reclaim my life?’ and yearning to run unencumbered and free. I imagined healers that would partner with me to go the distance! Eight years after beginning my quest to heal the effects of paralytic polio and trauma, I was led to a chiropractor and muscular therapist who were the answer to my poetic prayers.
I am an Author, Endurance Runner, a Motivational Speaker, Blogger and Inspirational Poet.
I hold a BS in Communications from Boston University, an MSW from Boston College and many fond memories of my veterans and their families who blessed my life when I worked at the VA . I live in Chestnut Hill Massachusetts with Tom, my husband, my soul mate and the man who has gone the distance with me for the past 40 years.
Welcome to my website! I hope you find inspiration in my journey and know that you too can go the distance whatever the challenge.
Read my article about running my first Tufts 10K in October 2008, "Running with God."
Follow my adventures on my blog, Going the Distance.
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