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Stage 4 colon cancer. At age 38. No family history. No past health issues.
Just 2 days after diagnosis, I found myself in a perpetual state of sadness. Teetering on the verge of tears. I knew I had to do something to counteract the darkness. I needed a way to face the world. I needed a pick-me-up.
My solution? Dance therapy.
I’m not a professional dancer. In fact, I’m a decidedly HORRIBLE dancer. But over the years, when alone or with my undeniably patient husband, I would break out into an awkward and often bizarre dance to add a little flair to the moment. A sprinkle of goofiness to lighten the mood or crack myself up. It always lifted my spirits.
So I told my husband to force me to dance when I started to backslide. And record it. Because nothing forces me to commit to the moment and pull me out of my own head than when I know I’m being recorded.
And here’s a video of my first two months with cancer. Dancing at the surgery center. Dancing at the hospital. Dancing at the chemotherapy clinic. Dancing when I wanted to do it. Dancing when I least wanted to do it. And always, always ending up smiling by the end of it.
And now I want YOU to DANCE! Tell me why you dance. Tell me how you feel while you do it. How do others around you react? And if you are so inclined, share your story and/or youtube video: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am amassing a collection of videos of people dancing through tough times to share with this community of forward bouncers! So c’mon…share your joy!