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“Dance parallels life.” Raul Santiago

Dancing Nurse Inspiration new beginnings New Year 2017

“Dance parallels life.” Raul Santiago

As 2017 enters, I can’t help pondering 2016.  A year is a long time and filled with many moments. It was clear to me this week that I needed to take one of those moments to reflect, appreciate and set myself free for the year ahead. One year ago, I began taking private Hustle lessons. As I’ve shared in previous posts, I cried a lot in the beginning but thanks to Raul’s guidance, I kept going and competed in my first pro-am. I also danced Hustle poolside and made life long dance friends. I didn’t realize it then but every...

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TEDx - Changing The Face Of Death

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Lisa Solis DeLong is a mother, registered nurse, bereavement facilitator, author and inspirational speaker. Her memoir, BLOOD Brothers, was released in 2011 and is touching the hearts of thousands of readers from laypersons to nursing students. Lisa's first-born son, Justin, died at the age of 15, after a ten-year remission from leukemia, then six years later her youngest son, Jacob, was also diagnosed with leukemia. Jacob has completed treatments and is now a healthy teenager. She hosts Death Café Santa Clarita, a gathering, as part of a global social franchise promoting awareness about death related issues. Lisa lives in Santa Clarita with...

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Silver

Silver

(I wrote this post last week before the competition but got too caught up in the excitement to share it. Since it is Mother’s Day, it almost seems more appropriate now. May your heart be touched!)SilverI’ve arrived. I’m sitting in my bed at the beachfront Deauville Resort after experiencing my first evening of dancing at The International Hustle Salsa Congress in Miami! Wow! What a humbling experience. Not only are the professionals amazing dancers but the attendees are too. There were more women performing perfect “Diva walks” than on a New York fashion show runway.At my last lesson with Raul...

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Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers

Not many people experience the death of a child; fewer yet face the possibility of having to do it twice. Justin DeLong was a bright, energetic child when he was diagnosed with leukemia at age five. After battling the cancer, he went into remission for ten years, where he laughed and ran long-distance races and slowly entered adolescence. Sadly, in July 2000 he succumbed to the disease twelve days after his fifteenth birthday. Lisa DeLong and her family were left to pick up the pieces and try to find joy in life without their beloved eldest son and brother. Then,...

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Whoa Pony

Whoa Pony

Living with devastating loss is like dancing on a trap door. One moment I feel light hearted and weightless and the next, like I’m falling fast onto the shards below. Since my son’s death fifteen years ago, I’ve discovered that when I dance more I fall less. Dancing allows me to see myself in a new light and release the expression of my true self. It is this expression that leads to joy and joy is a lovely place to live. This is why I am attracted to partner dancing so much.  My dance with grief, much like ballroom dancing,...

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