"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 ...
"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. Diagnosed at the height of my award winning career as a VA social worker in December 2006, I got still and asked for Divine Guidance. The answer came through my pen, my divining rod for healing in the form of poetry. My first poem, "Running the Race," foreshadowed my 2009 Boston Marathon. After a serious knee injury in December of 2014, I reignited my passion and my purpose to go the distance on the roads and in my life. Be inspired and learn more at www.marymcmanus.com