After writing "Running the Race," poetry poured out of me inspiring mind, body and soul to heal from the devastating effects of paralytic polio and trauma. In February of 2008, I declared to my personal trainer that I did indeed want to run the race. I set my intentions on running the 2009 Boston Marathon to raise money for Spaulding Rehab Hospital where I took the first steps on my healing journey.
Even though I had never run a day in my life, I watched "Forrest Gump" and wrote poetry about running free and unencumbered reclaiming my life from the thieves who tried to steal my life away from me. The body cannot distinguish between what the mind imagines and what the body is doing. The mental rehearsal for dancing in the rain without my leg brace, feeling whole and happy, free from the shackles of my past manifested in my body healing right before my eyes.