Asada Belly Dance – Kissimmee Belly Dancer struggles with Crohn’s disease.
Teaching belly dancing classes in Kissimmee while having an active disease is definitely a challenge. However, since my desire to grow my dance company, Asada Belly Dance, has definitely motivated me to fight through the most difficult of days. Crohn’s has been kicking my butt this last month but my students and co-workers haven’t even noticed. I hide my disease well, but when I get home it’s a whole different story.
Crohn’s makes me so tired and weak and it causes anemia amongst other things. It makes me feel as if all I want to do is lay on the couch and fall asleep. Since starting Asada Belly Dance my to-do list has grown tremendously. In order to succeed, I find that I have to force myself to fight through it and get my tasks done no matter how tired I may feel. I’m a mom, a wife, an instructor, a dancer, and an office employee. Juggling all of these hats while running a business and having Crohn’s has not been easy.
I lose a lot of sleep because I stay up late to check things off that to-do list. I’ve learned to adjust my eating habits to make sure I can last through my 3 hour long teaching sessions, and my substitute teaching gigs at several different locations. I’ve also had to give into taking medications that I’ve resisted taking for years. I’ve given up on the idea of natural healing through herbs and diet, just so I can run on just a few hours of sleep. All of this so that I can one day run Asada Belly Dance full time and hopefully drop the full time office job that is currently paying the bills. One day (fingers crossed and lots of prayers) Asada Belly Dance can pay the bills as I devote myself full time to my passion.
What motivates me to keep going? How do I fight through this disease? My family, my students, and my dance sisters are all the reasons that I keep going. I fight in order to be able to come home to clean my house, cook dinners, and spend more time with my family and faith. To be able to dedicate more day light time to choreography, running Asada Belly Dance errands, and the operations side of Asada Belly Dance. Also, I push through to be able to get to know my dance sisters better, both the old ones and the new ones. They’ve become a huge part of life and I love every one of them. So why not spend some time with them too?
What are your goals with dance or any hobby? What are your struggles that may keep you from accomplishing those goals? What’s motivating you to fight through those struggles? Share your thoughts with me on http://asadabellydance.com/classes/ . I would love to hear how you are dealing with your struggles. My struggles are teaching belly dancing classes in Kissimmee with Crohn’s disease.