Health and Fitness Through Dancing – Part 3

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!

Very Sincerely,

David Woodbury

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