The Road to DANCE!
Dear Blog Readers:
You all know my story. The true motivation that has brought me to a "healing journey" is the passion I have for dance and the love of a stage.
This past Saturday night, I over came yet another milestone. After 5 years (long years) I returned to the stage! I performance with a company called Danceworks NYC and the show was held in the Miller Theater at Columbia University.
What a remarkable night!
In December 2011, I made a pack with myself (a new year's resolution you might say) which was to be back on the stage before the end of the year. You see, despite conquering Ulcerative Colitis, just living day to day wasn't enough for me. I need to dance! I'm sure so many of you can relate to having extreme dreams and visions of how you want life to be. I'm here to tell you not to give up on that. I needed to accept that I'm pushing beyond our body's expectations and I would need to make certain life choices to support this activity. It was time to eat, not just to heal, but for the LIFE I wanted to live!
This was NOT as easy road for me to get my body to do what I wanted it to do again. Dealing with many injures, inflammation, and chronic pains. My lack of physical activity, past dancer injures, lagging inflammation had made even walking difficult on many days over the past 4 years. The key is to be patient with yourself. LISTEN to your body and LISTEN to your heart. It will never lead you wrong. Be grateful for life and every moment we spend here. Food is just food! Let it be the real deal and ALWAYS the number 1 priority in your life. If we don't nourish ourselves, no one else will.
Always remember to say THANK YOU!
Here is a video of the dress rehearsal before the performance. Presenting The Rite, choreographed by Tom Lewkowitz. So thrilled to be able to share this with you!
Some more photos of some of the best girls I've had the privilege to dance with:
This is just the beginning!!
For those who suffer with IBD every day, Please don't give up!