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Living Smart & Well: Healing a Life with Mary McManus

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Inez Bracy, Lifestyle Transitions Coach, interviews Mary McManus, author and marathon runner.  Mary talks about her journey, healing herself from paralytic polio to running a marathon.  Mary's life story shows how the body protects itself when living in abusive situations.  From the age of five, she learned to dissociate and disconnect from her body.  Her new book, Set Sail for a New World: Healing a Life Through the Gift of Poetry, shares her message that it's never too late to change your life.

She had a stellar academic and professional career as a social worker at the Department of Veterans Affairs until her body, at the age of 53, cried out for healing. In December 2006.  Mary was diagnosed with post polio syndrome, a progressive neuromuscular disease related to the initial polio virus. She went back into a leg brace, used a wheelchair at times for mobility and was told she needed to quit her full time award winning career at the VA just 3 years 'shy' of retirement age.

Mary knew it was time to wake up and pay attention to the body she grudgingly carried around with her. She discovered the gift of poetry in her soul and the first poem she penned in February 2007 was called "Running the Race." She had no idea that two years later she would cross the finish line of the 2009 Boston Marathon.