Boom Box

Dangling at 43

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

It seems to me that my body has always been behind in the age game. I expected the fun to start after I graduated from college, but instead I found myself with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. With much work and searching I found my health and started a dance career at 30.

Because of several knee surgeries and lack of technical training, I had to work very hard but I appreciated every minute that I felt healthy.

My work and dancing made me feel very healthy and alive.

I am still dancing. I started trapeze and aerial dance at age 40 and bought my first motorcycle for my 42nd birthday.

I've had a total knee replacement and put up with four herniated discs in my back, and I feel thankful for every performance I have. I fight with wrinkles in the mirror and can't digest onions anymore, but overall I am in my best condition ever and plan to reinvent myself many times in future years!

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