"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
Mary McManus knew challenges since she was five years old beginning with contracting polio followed by enduring nine years of violence at the hands of family members. Those early challenges prepared her for taking on the challenge of the diagnosis of Post-Polio syndrome, a progressive neuromuscular disease in December 2006 when she was at the height of her award winning career as a social worker at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Asking for Divine Guidance as she had throughout her trials and tribulations, she discovered the gift of poetry in her soul. Her first poem, “Running the Race,” foreshadowed her 2009 Boston Marathon run. “Going the Distance: The Power of Endurance,” chronicles Mary’s journey as a survivor of paralytic polio and trauma, as a runner and a woman who refused to quit. Eight years after her diagnosis, she was finally led to two healers, a chiropractor and a muscular therapist, who helped her reclaim her life and go the distance, a woman transformed who embodies the power of endurance.
Five star reviews for "Going the Distance: The Power of Endurance"
"What a great, inspiring book! Written as if we were sitting in a coffee shop just chatting like long time friends! You don't have to be a runner to be inspired by this book! MUST READ!" ~ Trish Trout, Tampa FL
"It's a book of courage...of being broken so deep and rising like a Phoenix to reclaim ones life
Of constant frustrations and the minds strength to heal and become stronger
It's a book of courage
It's a book of reaffirmations
It's a book of good energy and thoughtful people that have put faith and kindness as a reality back in Mary's life
Well done Mary" ~Nandana Kansra, MD, Shrewsbury MA
"A true story from a remarkable woman I am honored to call friend. It will inspire all who read it through even the toughest days!" ~Lee Woodruff, New York NY