How Dancing Helped Me Get Through a Traumatic Car Accident

“When I first started taking Zumba classes, it was because I needed to commit to a healthy lifestyle and I needed to lose weight. I have PCOS and most of my weight is in my abdomen. It is a metabolic disorder that makes weight loss extremely difficult and actually makes you prone to obesity. It’s very complex but Zumba classes have helped me manage. There is no cure for it, but I am persevering. I’ve been able to lose 155 pounds, and that’s just one way that taking Zumba classes has improved my life.

Last August, I had just returned from the annual Zumba Instructor Convention. I was one mile away from a woman’s retreat where I was set to teach, waiting to turn at a stoplight. A girl came speeding down the road, didn’t see me, and slammed into me, totaling my big SUV. I was knocked unconscious, my whole seat collapsed, and I was left laying flat on my back with no idea what had happened. It was horribly traumatic, but I was lucky to walk away alive. I had a major concussion, whiplash, and herniated discs in my neck.

I began physical therapy right away. Managing the concussion was very hard, as I dealt with headaches and memory issues. I was determined to push through and get back to some semblance of normalcy as soon as possible. Zumba was calling my name and I needed it in my life.

As a consequence of my accident, I began to have a lot of anxiety and PTSD symptoms. It’s been a rough six months, but Zumba classes have helped me tremendously. I am happy to say that I am doing much better. These classes have been so rewarding and such a blessing for me.

I know that through the challenges I’ll continue to face in life, Zumba classes will help me through and I’m so grateful for that. I’ve had the opportunity to change my life and the lives of others in so many ways that I never even knew where possible.”

  • Melissa Mace, licensed Zumba® Instructor and continuous survivor

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