Stories / Adversity

From Bullying to Dancing

Natalie Burlison has battled more demons in just a few years than most people experience in a lifetime. For any normal teenager, navigati…

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Dancing With Diabetes

“It was as a small child that I slipped into a month and a half long coma. When I awoke, I was told I was diabetic and had to begin…

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Never Say Never

UPDATE FROM SANDY: “For double-mastectomy survivors like myself, there is a misconception that breast cancer can not return. There …

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Dancing Through a Tornado

“This past Christmas, I was visiting my parents in Texas for the holidays. On December 26th, we were getting ready to head to dinne…

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A Dance-Worthy Life

“I came to New York at the age of 21 to pursue dance. I was in the top level at the Alvin Alley school and, although I was performing qui…

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Keeping My Head Above Water

“The best way I can describe my clinical depression is to compare it to drowning in the ocean. When I am depressed, everything is diluted…

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I’m Done Being Negative

“There’s a quote that has always resonated with me. It goes something like this, ‘What screws us up most in life is the picture in our he…

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An Ability to Inspire

Born with Muscular Dystrophy, Maritza has spent her life physically bound to a wheelchair. But mentally, she has no barriers. “From a ver…

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A Bump in the Road

“In August 2012, I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer,” says Linda Few. “And after one year of chemo treatments, foll…

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From CPA to Dancing Queen

Charlene Rhinehart grew up like so many young girls – introverted, shy, and lacking the inner confidence needed to chase her dreams. She …

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The Only Truth is Love

Shortly after Jacqueline Grace was born, she was diagnosed with Trisomy 13, a rare genetic condition that often takes one’s life be…

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A Hero for Happiness

Jhonny Pico Hernandez is a Colombian police officer who has a passion for spreading a message of hope and joy across his war-torn country…

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I was A Victim Of Bullying

Like many teens, Samantha Arregui was a victim of bullying.” I was the chubby girl with no rhythm,” Samantha recalled. “I couldn’t …

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My Panic Attacks Are Gone!

Monica started teaching Zumba classes in her local church gym with eight students. She recalled “I was 44 year’s old and nobody’s i…

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Embracing My Handicap

Veronica Locatelli is a 29-year-old physiotherapist and devoted Zumba fan. Growing up, she always loved to dance and play volle…

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Medicine of Choice

Feeling completely lost, Dara E. Johnson went to therapy to get some direction. Weekly sessions with a psychologist brought back some pai…

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