Thursday, February 24, 2011
Courage to Make It Happen
“I’m going to write a blog about my surgery, weight, and recovery through dancing”. Wow, those words were hard to say in January of 2011 to my boss, Robert Melgoza. Since that day, I have written several blogs and have given a testimonial on a web stream of our Arthur Murray Saturday night party.
The reaction from my Arthur Murray Franchisees, the staff and students has been tremendous. Some have questioned what I am doing, and others have said my story has greatly moved them. To all who read this, it takes courage to come out and say “I am going to make a change in my life…starting today!”
The moment after I fell and broke my shoulder, I did not utter a single cuss word. I asked for help because I could not stand up and then I said to my partner, Joel, “What am I going to learn from this fall?” Believe it or not, I walked home from the skating venue, later walked a mile to and from the Santa Monica Pier to see Cirque de Soleil. The next day, Joel helped dress me and I went to work. I could not use my left arm and had to put my arm up on the keyboard to type. I even taught a West Coast Swing lesson to one of my students. By the end of the day, my shoulder had swelled to the size of a football player.
Around 4 AM the next morning, I arose, dressed, and finally went to the ER. I was amazed when the doctor said, “I will have to make an appointment with the surgeon for you this week. You have broken your shoulder”. In my disbelief, I said, ”Would you be so kind and repeat what you just said?” I just could not imagine what had happened to me.
From that moment on, I was determined to get through the surgery and GET BACK TO DANCING. Everywhere I went, and with everyone with whom I spoke, I said “I’m a ballroom dancer and I have to get my shoulder well so I can dance again.” That was my theme for 2010!
Courage, yes, it took lots of courage, determination and strength to come back from such a horrible and painful accident. Now, as I dance, I still get tears in my eyes (even just now) as I am so thankful for dancing and for the hope and joy it has given me to be well and fit. I’m so happy to share this journey with you all!
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