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Mary McManus, MSW
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Go the distance with strength and courage!
Go the distance with strength and courage!

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Celebrating Ten Years of Running: I'm Now Off the Sidelines
Excerpt from "Running the Race" , the first poem I penned after being diagnosed with Post-Polio Syndrome: Using wheelchair to travel, set limits on what I could do, resulted in joy to realize I could live life anew. Celebrated my body- creaks, groans and ne...
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Celebrating 10 Years of Running and National Poetry Month
Ten years ago I began my illustrious running career by training for the 2009 Boston Marathon. I'd never run a day in my life. I'd been diagnosed with Post-Polio Syndrome, a progressive neuromuscular disease and told to prepare to spend the rest of my life i...
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Flashback Friday - Nine Years Ago Today!
There is a unique energy surrounding the Boston Marathon that you can’t help but feel. It includes every runner and every person along the course. It brings every person there together as one. ~Amy Hastings Nine years ago today, I ran the Boston Marathon! W...
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Reflections on Boston Marathon 2018 - I LOVE THIS SPORT! - Part II
On Sunday evening, when I saw that the weather forecast called for less than optimal conditions on Monday, I posted this to Facebook: #bostonmarathon #bostonstrong #werunasone #nationalpoetrymonth #runnerschristmas It's almost go time - On a personal note I...
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Reflections on Boston Marathon Weekend 2018 - I LOVE THIS SPORT! Part I
...and I'd add watch a marathon in the worst conditions in 30 years on Boston Marathon Monday 2018. There were a few Marathon weekend firsts for Team McManus. It was the first time we spent 3 days working at the Expo with Blue Diamond Athletic Displays. Wha...
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Celebrating National Poetry Month and the Boston Marathon: Light Always Wins
Sunday marks 5 years since 4/15/13 when at 2:49 people's lives changed forever. Tom and I were at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel ballroom overlooking Boylston Street across from where the 2nd bomb exploded. We were blessed to have not been looking out the wind...
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Creating the Masterpiece of My Life
Victor Frankl was a survivor of the Holocaust. Through his experience in the Concentration Camps, he garnered a lot of wisdom about our capacity to survive the most horrific circumstances. He developed an existential approach to psychiatry and his work has ...
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Celebraitng National Poetry Month: Sweet Victory
I vowed that if the day came that I could no longer serve my veterans and their families when I worked as a social worker at the VA Outpatient Clinic in Boston with all my heart and soul, I would leave. Eleven years ago I gave my 6 weeks notice that I would...
Celebraitng National Poetry Month: Sweet Victory
Celebraitng National Poetry Month: Sweet Victory
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Home at Last!
The Bridge Restlessness filled my cells in the dark quiet of the night transported to another time and place to remember loneliness coldness numbness a black and white photo a snapshot knowing even then I was separate from the walking dead. Yet I was separa...
Celebrating National Poetry Month: Home at Last!
Celebrating National Poetry Month: Home at Last!
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Celebrating National Poetry Month - Just what the doctor ordered - not!
Eleven years after being diagnosed with a progressive neuromuscular disease, and being told that if I used it I would lose it, I am so happy that there is a movement (pun intended) afoot among patients to listen to our bodies and do what feels right. The "o...
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