August of 2012 was when I received the diagnosis of a compressed disc. Having just finished teaching summer school at a studio that I’ve been with for 10 years, I was told I could no longer dance…..for the time being.
It’s been a year, and the no dance order is still in existence. Six weeks, six weeks is all I need without any pain going down my leg and my physio will let me try some sort of dance movement. Sadly, six days is still tough. The danger zone is when I’m feeling better so I’ll try to do a little more, especially with my daughter, and then back to square one. I am really thankful that in these past few months, I’ve only had one flare up that lasted two days and was able to resolve on my own without treatment. Flare ups before would be 1-2 weeks and would definitely need medical attention. It’s good to know I’m very slowly inching forward! As for what I’m allowed to do physically, walks for cardio, band work and squats! That’s where I’m at, after a year of working at it.
God has been encouraging me through all of you who continue to subscribe to our youtube channel, or through calls or emails I get to send our dancers out to events. Since I’m unable to train anyone, we don’t have a team right now, but I’m always happy to go speak or share whenever possible.
The photo above is of me earlier this year, while still limping, dying to dance a little, so I cheated with posing. At the time, I thought “hey, this would look cool.” Now looking back, it’s two fold - how I can easily have tunnel vision, and only focus on the goal of dance that I can miss out on the big picture, the bigger plans that God has for me. And second, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel, and little rays of encouragement along the way.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105)