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My daughter has always loved to dance. From the time she was four until the time she turned ten she danced everywhere she went. She took ballet and jazz lessons every week. Everywhere she went she walked on her tip toes and could not wait until the time she could dance in toe shoes.
She also had mental health issues for many years, but we were able to help her stay stable and functioning. At ten years old her mental health took a sharp turn for the worse and she developed very disturbed thinking and bizarre behaviors. The behaviors kept her from having friends, making her school days very difficult. When she came home from school she was exhausted from the amount of effort it took to hold herself together all day, and she would have daily meltdowns. Every aspect of the day became difficult for her and for the rest of our family. It was at age ten that she also stopped dancing. She could dance no more.
After three years of this intense struggle with mental illness she was admitted to a residential treatment facility. She has been there now for fifteen months, and has been working very hard every day at learning the skills she needs to move forward in her life. She comes home on the weekends, although this has been a gradual process. We too have worked hard at gaining skills, maintaining our relationship with her, and helping her in every possible way. This has been a huge commitment for all of us, but we are a family and we are determined to remain one throughout all of this.
Two months ago my daughter walked into her therapy session with a new goal in mind. She had a list of all the local dance studios and their phone numbers. She also had a list of questions she wanted to ask. With the help of her therapist she made all her calls and signed up for dance lessons…..
…..And Now She Dances Once More.
Posted by on Thursday, November 8th, 2012 @ 7:37PM