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Finding the positive

It seems like a lot of what I post here is negative.

Here's something positive:

I am extremely grateful to the doctor who used an experimental technique on me when I was an infant.
Otherwise, I would be crippled today.
I was born with a shallow hip socket.
This doctor had my legs in a bar brace, leaving my legs in a spreadeagle position for months. At least until the hip socket grew/formed.

If he hadn't done that, and my parents hadn't O.K.ed the idea, I never would have been able to be a competitive figure skater, child model (runway was part of that), competitive diver, dancer.

I certainly would have had feelings of being different, an outsider ... well, these feelings would have been stronger than they are.

I probably wouldn't have attracted all the men that I have over the years. Though I bet the man I'm married to, Mr. F, would have overlooked this difference.

Just the fact that I was able to figure skate and find my artistic freedom in it, is all I need to be grateful for what this doctor and my parents agreed to do to help me.

I know what creative freedom is. Figure skating and dance are the only areas where I feel it fully. And without figure skating, I probably would never have discovered this creative freedom fully. It doesn't seem likely.

So thank you, Dr. Skully (sp?) and Mom and Dad for this wonderful gift you have given me so early in my life.


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Jan. 20th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
That is such a cool story - to think I never knew that about you! Thank you for sharing it. :)
Jan. 21st, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
You're welcome, Candy.

It's something I take for granted and don't think about much. Yet a week or so ago, it hit me quite intensely. The importance of what they did so early in my life and how different my life would be today.

I can't begin to express how grateful I am.

Perhaps, actually being physically active would help. I want to go ice skating, yet here I sit. The CDs collect dust, waiting, wanting to be played and danced to.


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