"In Episode #3 Look for the Good, Carrie opens the show with a discussion about the power of stories…why we tell them and how we can get stuck in our own stories. We all know someone that tends to tell the same story over and over, right? It’s common because oftentimes we forget to reflect on the outcome of our stories –how the stories affect not only us, but everyone around us. You will gain a better understanding of your own stories, types of stories and the gifts that are often born from our worst stories. Carrie talks about the power of looking for the good in our seemingly bad story and how everyone loves to feel empowered by a good comeback story. She will talk about the birth of the “turnaround story” and how when you are in the middle of it, it’s sometimes hard to see the outcome of these life changing narratives.
Stay tuned for the second half of the show when she introduces special guest Mary McManus, a brilliant author, polio survivor, marathon runner and Mom who was told that she should start to prepare to spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair. Imagine that? You won’t believe how she danced her way to one of the most incredible turnaround stories ever that will empower you to live your own life with more creativity, gratitude and passion."
On October 27th at 6pm ET, Mary will be the guest on All Things Rex Worldwide sponsored by the LA Tribune hosted by Rex Sikes, author, producer, actor, keynote speaker and a man who transformed his life after a sky diving accident almost ended it. You'll be able to watch it live on Facebook and LinkedIn and the replay will be available on YouTube.
On December 13, 2022 Mary will be the guest on Deborah Beauvais Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network LIVE show Love by Intuition. Be sure to listen live at 6pm ET and ask your questions to Mary about her incredible journey of transformation after the diagnosis of Post-Polio Syndrome.
"The Takin A Walk Podcast Series is about cool people, telling their stories of life lessons, business advice and triumphs. It is also about ordinary people with extraordinary stories.
That is the story of Mary McManus on the latest episode of Takin A Walk.
Mary has known tremendous challenges during her life. From a family situation that ended in tragedy to her personal health challenges with polio the road has not been easy. At the age of five she contracted paralytic polio and at the age of 53 she was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome. She was told then to be prepared to spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair.
Mary would not be brought down!
She took to writing poetry and used the pen as a divining rod for healing. Mary harnessed the power of mind/body connection through her writing and has been able to achieve amazing things in her journey of hope.
She has become a motivational force in the Boston community from achieving a goal of finishing the Boston Marathon in 2009 to continuing to share her story of resilience and hope as a speaker and an author.
I hope you can enjoy her uplifting spirit as much as I did on our walk at the Brookline Reservoir on this episode available here." ~Buzz Knight July 11, 2022
On June 29th 2021, Mary recorded her conversation with award winning journalist and podcaster, Liz Brunner for her podcast Live Your Best Life to share how Mary lives her best life despite all the challenges she faced.
The Cardinal Cafe is a podcast borne out of the pandemic, presented by Greg Chastain, Founder and President, and Ed Siegel, Vice President of Voices of Hope Boston. Mary recorded her interview for the podcast on 5/25th which marked the 14th anniversary of when she took a leap of faith leaving her award winning career as a VA social worker to heal her life from the once devastating effects of paralytic polio and trauma. They chat about how she overcame seemingly impossible obstacles in her life, and her newest book, "Hope is a Garden: Poems and Essays From the 2020 Pandemic." Listen by following this link.
Mary was a guest on Bernie Siegel, MD's Mind Health Matters radio show. Mary, Bernie and Deborah Beauvais, visionary behind Dreamvisions 7 Radio and TV Network talk about Mary's latest book, "Hope is a Garden: Poems and Essays From the 2020 Pandemic." Follow this link to be inspired as Mary shares her incredible journey of transformation from enduring childhood paralytic polio and severe abuse at the hands of family members through the gift of poetry, the power of the mind/body connection. running and her good fortune of finding her way to Bernie's work and wisdom. Tune in to be uplifted and inspired and rekindle your sense of hope and optimism regardless of the challenges you may face.
Mary's healing story was featured in the Heal Documentary newsletter and under Healing Stories on their website.
In September 2020, Mary was part of the Virtual Boston Marathon Expo speaking about her journey as a most unlikely runner as part of the Late Life Running-Whole Life Running Panel. Internationally renowned runner and running historian Roger Robinson moderated the panel with guests Gail Kislevitz, Jonathan Beverly and consecutive Boston Marathon record holder Ben Beach. They answered questions and offered insights about the benefits and joys that come with “even more miles.” You can watch the panel by following this link.
Mary was the special guest speaker at the Hyannis Marathon Weekend in February of 2020 at the Pre-Race pasta dinner. It was an honor and a thrill for Mary to share the stage with runner icon Bill Rodgers. Her blog post, “Embrace the Possibilities” captures the event.
In April of 2019, Mary was featured on Magic 106.7’s Award Winning Exceptional Women show. Listen here!
David R. Hamilton Ph.D.’s “Tenth Anniversary of How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body” features Mary's journey of transformation harnessing the power of the mind/body connection to heal from the once devastating effects of paralytic polio and trauma. It's available on Amazon.
Hear Mary share how she got off the couch and stayed off of the couch on Maggie Stewart's podcast "Off of the Couch" by following this link
"Polio Survivor and Brookline Resident Mary McManus has led a life of determination, running Boston, writing books and helping others along the way." Mary's life of being "scrappy and determined" was featured in the October 27th 2021 edition of the Brookline Tab. "Brookline Post-Pan (Not Quite): Mary McManus - A Life of Determination" by Susie Davidson paints a powerful portrait of Mary's journey. Read the article by following this link.