After recovering from my major MS exacerbation in 2006, I started making life changes to make it possible to live and not merely exist. Through these changes, I have been fortunate to meet and exceed many of my greatest milestone achievements since 2006.
Then in 2020, Covid -19 started waving around it's ugly head. This was the start of my next exacerbation through my unwise response to Covid. That decision was to "shelter in place," and not leave my house, not even for dance. After 3 months of sitting on a couch crocheting for literally 12+ hours a day, the Covid 25+ hit my waistline and backside. Compounded by lack of energy and motivation to move my body. I felt worse than I ever have! It was time for a major change.
During my online research, I found an amazing woman named Cheryl, the founder of RAMMS (Run A Myelin My Shoes) click here for more information about RAMMS.
The second amazing lady I met is named Christine. (Click here to learn more about her group Run wine finish line)
Getting involved in these two groups helped me to reengage my body for living. I was so deeply inspired by the turn around that took place for my physical and emotional health that I wanted to find a way to share this new found inspiration and motivation with others.
While I joined the group RAMMS for "runners" my ability is more of a sprint, short distance packed with full energy. Neurologically it is easier to for me to exert full bursts of energy for a short time the way I do when dancing. Not to mention the joy that I have with dancing.
When I heard that Jonathan Roberts from Dancing with the Stars was working on a project for the positive impact of ballroom dancing for individuals with MS, I went to see my neurologist to learn how he felt ballroom dance has impacted my neurologic health, I was happy to hear his reply. (Click here to see the letter Dr. Gold wrote to Jonathan) Couple his positive response with the copious peer reviewed journal articles I've read on this topic and you have the birth of DAMMS - Dance A Myelin My Shoes.
I understand that some people with MS will not be able to dance at all and many will not be able to dance at competition level. However, my goal is to share the amazing impact dance has on neurologic health for those who can stand even if it's only with support of a partner. I cannot wait to hear your positive stories as you experience the effects of dance on your neurologic health.
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