Love Wins

Love Wins

A week ago, I was celebrating The Summer Solstice. The planets were all shining bright in the night sky: the crescent Moon, Venus, Jupiter…you name ‘em and they were there celebrating with me. The energy was intense and a whole lotta gravity was pulling me towards that force. After all the years I’ve spent dancing on tabletops, I was a gravitational pro. Then, I took one little step. One. A very ordinary step at 4am from my outdoor wooden bathhouse step to the soft earth path that led me back to the boho gypsy cabin I’ve dreamt of my whole life. Just one step and I broke my tibia, fibula and shattered the rest. I have few memories of my journey to the emergency room or the surgery that followed. There was much fuss with the nursing staff about my singular legal name: Dolphina and the fact that they needed to fill in both fields in their computer. Each new person that x-rayed my leg or prepped me for surgery would read my chart with the same confusion, “Dolphina Dolphina? You have two of the same name?” After much discussion about my name or lack of a last name, my surgeon informed me that my leg “is really bad” that I should go into surgery immediately and the words no dancer wants to hear, “you won’t be able to bear any weight your leg for minimum of 6 weeks and then, [pause] we will see.” The forecast was not calling for sunny weather. And then I went unconscious and under the knife.

When I regained consciousness, I was being wheeled on a gurney to my hospital room by a nurse who smelled liked coconut and remedied the name confusion with her newly given moniker: Dsquared. Later on, my surgeon informed me that my operation was a success and instead of boring old bones, I now have screws, plates, bells, whistles…I am officially bionic! My awesome friends have coordinated my healing recovery with a vacation at each of their houses for 2 weeks each. Wait a minute? I get to have sleepovers with my besties all summer long? Sign me out and sign me up! I logged on my iphone and noticed everyone’s pics were now rainbows. Oh how long I have held onto this hope: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” And now it’s reality: LOVE WINS!


104 comments (Add your own)

1. Rocky Priapus wrote:
As Austin Powers would say...'groovy, baby!'

Thu, July 16, 2015 @ 5:22 PM

2. Brenda Orr wrote:
Oh my gosh, Dolphina, I am so sorry that this has happened to you. I am sending you tons of loving and healing energy. I hope that your recovery is swift and that you will be back to being the beautiful dancing goddess that you are. Blessed Be, Goddess Dolphina!!

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 10:53 PM

3. Ora Peck wrote:
You are still smiling! Get better soon.

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 10:54 PM

4. Sandy Salsabachatakiz wrote:
Get well soon

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 10:55 PM

5. Melodie Janzen wrote:

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 10:56 PM

6. Kotarah Rose Rivére wrote:
Healing energy your way

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 10:56 PM

7. Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia wrote:
Hope you have a very speedy recovery!!

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:22 PM

8. Mary Rivard Hancock wrote:
Sending you healing prayers!!

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:27 PM

9. Jeanine Davis wrote:
Sending prayers your way

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:31 PM

10. Rebecca Green wrote:
Speedy recovery!

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:32 PM

11. Tyson Colman wrote:
Get well soon Dolphina smile emoticon

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:33 PM

12. Vicci Frisella Radake wrote:
Sending good vibes and thoughts and prayers of a speedy recovery pretty lady! You'll be dancing before you know it as long as you keep weight off that leg girlie. Hang in there

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:33 PM

13. Peggy Dryden Davis wrote:
heart love your way !

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:39 PM

14. Juliana Powels-Crouch wrote:
Love you, dear friend. Here's to a speedy recovery and bionic dancing!

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:40 PM

15. Lisa Kay Hollingsworth wrote:
awww so sorry to see you injured. May you heal quickly. But you sure make a cast look good! You shall be shimming in no time!

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:41 PM

16. Kate Brauer wrote:
Oh be sure to heal well, heed the message

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:42 PM

17. April Pfender wrote:
Healing vibes to you Dx2... Are you still in the hospital ? & if so , which one ?? Need to bring you some healing essential oil

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:46 PM

18. Lisa Kate Hodgson wrote:
Sending hugs

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:47 PM

19. Crystal Scott wrote:
My love to you as you heal, D-squared!

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:48 PM

20. Dana Braverman Myers wrote:
You are a spectacular human being. Sending you love, light, rainbows, planets and healing!

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:49 PM

21. Andrea Jarrett wrote:
You are such a positive and beautiful spirit of light! You continue to inspire us all, even during challenging times. I wish you a speedy recovery and many blessings

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:50 PM

22. Andrea Jarrett wrote:
TTabitha Sea Speedy recovery & lots of love

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:51 PM

23. Janet August wrote:
Heal Heal
Go Gentle
Time for kicken back

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:52 PM

24. Star Monroe wrote:
Much love

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:52 PM

25. Carmen Getty wrote:
Ah Dolphina hope ur on the mend soon

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:53 PM

26. Julia Czarnota wrote:
I hope you recover well

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:55 PM

27. Hans Cullen wrote:
Get well soon Dolphina! Hope that leg heals up all well and you can get back to your joyous, beautiful dancing

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:58 PM

28. Rhani Zerimar wrote:
Sending you all my love!

Thu, August 13, 2015 @ 11:59 PM

29. Chrissy Nola wrote:
oh you have such a great attitude and able to smile through all of this!!!! i applaud you dolphina!!! you are inspirational!!! i hope your leg gets a speedy recovery!!! please try to follow doctors orders. i know you will be dancing again. just please try to be patient!!! and keep us updated....

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:00 AM

30. Stacie Michele Jones wrote:
Engulfing you in green healing light! xoxoxoxo.Love you Dolphina!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:01 AM

31. Len Peebles wrote:
Such a terrible injury to such a fine lady. Juneau misses you after that memorable night with you dancing with a lit birthday cake on your head! Heal well. You have given us all so much!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:02 AM

32. Rhi Buckley wrote:
Hope you get well soon Dolphina! Beth and I dance to your belly dancing DVD all the time and we're sending you positive healing energy and love from England - you'll always be a Goddess no matter what - and now with your bionic leg you are even more magical!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:03 AM

33. Karla VanAlstine wrote:
May the powerful energy from the glow of all of those rainbows give you abundant healing power. You'll be dancing in no time, Dolphina because you are a Goddess and you are fabulous!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:04 AM

34. Nana Solomon wrote:
well written and fun to read. speedy recovery. just a passing by

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:05 AM

35. Lesley Perry Russell wrote:
Please take your time healing. Feel better!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:06 AM

36. Susanne Cawley Staal wrote:
Oh my goddess . Sending much love your way . Get well soon the world needs you ! Xo

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:07 AM

37. Vicki Capen Davidson wrote:
Dolphie I'll be sending Goddess love your way! I hope recovery is swift. Xxoo

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:09 AM

38. Cassie Rogers wrote:
Much love and healing energies

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:09 AM

39. Timothy Connor Sullivan wrote:
ouch get well soon !!!!!!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:10 AM

40. Jessamina Longislandgoddess wrote:
Sweet Goddess, Sending big love and healing good vibes your way.

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:12 AM

41. Bonnie Fick wrote:
So sorry to hear this Dolphina but as you said on the bright side, you get to have some quality time with some friends and the dancing will your mind, heart, and spirit! Prayers for healing and that you will be back dancing on your feet soon! Much love!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:12 AM

42. Heather Nelson wrote:
Awww heal fast!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:13 AM

43. Susan Daniels wrote:
Prayers for healing going up! Full recovery soon!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:14 AM

44. Alicia Duncan Coulter wrote:

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:20 AM

45. Evill April-Ludgate Sea-Hag wrote:
Wishing you a speedy recovery! Get well soon! Glad to see a broken leg isn't getting you down.

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:22 AM

46. Frederick Werkmeister Rozas wrote:
Crazy! Maybe now you can sit down for a cup of tea....

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:22 AM

47. Kristin Rae Erwin wrote:
You are glowing and happy! Thank you for sharing your encouraging story. I am sending you love and healing!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:25 AM

48. Anne Day Wow, wrote:
an adventure for Dsquared .... relax and enjoy your mandatory pampering!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:26 AM

49. Jess Bodington wrote:
So glad the surgery was a success! You will be in my thoughts all throughout your recovery

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:27 AM

50. Kimberly Wrobel-Borias wrote:
Heal quickly

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:28 AM

51. Rachel Anderson Kangas wrote:
Oh no! Heal well! Dance again!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:30 AM

52. Moonwater Ashwood wrote:
Blessings for a swift and total recovery, Dolphina!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:31 AM

53. Joey Chella Soto wrote:
Swift healing!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:32 AM

54. Robin Renee Curbello wrote:
D , another chapter to the journey of an amazing life story.

Heal quickly. Dancers live to dance again and have the most passion to recover fully. Cannot wait to see the bionic moves.

Love and light... always an inspiration! Enjoy ur bestie time.

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:33 AM

55. Robin Renee Curbello wrote:
Who needs a leg when you've got a BELLY!!!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:34 AM

56. Sally Hewlett wrote:
Oh dear! Sending you healing thoughts and speedy recovery!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:36 AM

57. Kirsten Delal wrote:
Get well soon!!!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:37 AM

58. Deborah D. May wrote:
So sorry! I hope you are better soon.

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:38 AM

59. Tonya C. Grissett-Gaskins wrote:
Get better!!! Praying for your recovery!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:38 AM

60. Kristina Klepac wrote:
Get well soon. Time flies so 6 weeks will fly by.

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:39 AM

61. Barbara Derecktor Donahue wrote:
Hi amazing Dolphina - we are all hoping for a fast , complete recovery for our beautiful dancing spirit Dolphina squared

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:40 AM

62. Tracy Ellison wrote:
Never ever ever let them tell you that you won't dance again! I was told that as well after my ankle surgery and guess what... I'm STILL dancing!!! I modify some things so I don't injure myself, but I finally was able to get a doctor and a physical therapist with some brains in their head who helped me get back to dancing instead of saying no no no. Feel better and get loads of rest, can't wait to see you up and shimmying again!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:41 AM

63. Jean Whatley wrote:
hope u r dancing again soon

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:42 AM

64. Jean Whatley wrote:
hope u r dancing again soon

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:42 AM

65. Manasi Raina wrote:
You seriously are amazing!!! Your smile is the perfect accessory to your rock solid spirit!!! Sad to hear you experienced pain but you are pro at rebuilding!!!HUGS

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:43 AM

66. Laura Savidge wrote:
you're amazing and glorious! and your last sentence made me cry!!!!!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:44 AM

67. Saffron Cathy Villaryo wrote:
Sending you love and light Dolphina for a speedy recovery! You are such a beautiful and inspirational Goddess of a woman!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:45 AM

68. Dorothy Lowry wrote:
Sweetheart!!!! Jeezum crow girl! You never do things by halfs do you? Go big or go home! I am a bit concerned about the complete lack of glitter and color on that cast! Let me know where I can send an emergency care package with glue, glitter, paint, and fabric to tart that up a bit! Love you D2! You're in my prayers!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:46 AM

69. Paris Richardson wrote:
Get well soon!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:47 AM

70. Maya Kevin Grey wrote:
Hope you heal quickly!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:48 AM

71. Karen Marolf Lambert wrote:
Sending love and healing energy to you!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:49 AM

72. Patricia Bray Janney wrote:
Healing and comforting vibes~~~

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 12:50 AM

73. Laura Savidge wrote:
you're amazing and glorious! and your last sentence made me cry!!!!!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:00 AM

74. C.c. Earthly wrote:
Sending healing energy to you and hugs!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:01 AM

75. Kremie Chroman wrote:
Get well soon Dolphina . You will be dancing again, because you are a Goddess even with your bionic leg:) sending Goddess love and healing energies your way!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:02 AM

76. Veronica Herrera wrote:
Sending you healing energy for a speedy recovery and dance will once again be your life but for now you must let your body heal for as long as it takes so that you can once again grace the table tops with your beautiful dance.

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:03 AM

77. Anisa Dance wrote:
Get well soon! A great recitation!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:04 AM

78. Kelly Lazell wrote:
God Bless xoxo

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:05 AM

79. Hayley Sims wrote:
O Dolphina I'm so sorry! Of course you will dance again! I hope you got the chance to finish filming your new videos, sounds like a long recovery. Are you someday going to write another book on bellydance? I love your voice and could probably read a whole novel of your adventures & insight into dance (if you've never read Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, try it! I think you would appreciate her wit). Heal swiftly, lady, sending light & love your way... smile emoticon xo hay

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:06 AM

80. Jenna Sharpe wrote:
Wishing you a speedy recovery

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:08 AM

81. Lauren Podhany wrote:
Feel better soon!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:08 AM

82. Jamie VanNess wrote:
Keep smiling Dolphina! Sending Love and Light to you as well... with all this good energy your way you be up and dancing in no time!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:09 AM

83. Leean Sintawee wrote:
get well soon.

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:13 AM

84. Amy Voza Quist wrote:
Get well soon DD! Lol

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:14 AM

85. Naima Williams Provo wrote:
Oh no! I'm sending Reiki and Prayers for your speedy recovery!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:15 AM

86. Jerome Fortin wrote:
I wish you a fast and complete recovery, dear Dolphina

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:20 AM

87. Timothy L Martin wrote:
my poor Dolphina sending Reiki, prayers, and a BIG ole hug your way!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:23 AM

88. Rosy Bluestar wrote:
Sending lots of beautiful healing love and prayers

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:25 AM

89. Edlyn Kalman wrote:
Get well soon

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:26 AM

90. Carmen Danies wrote:
speedy recovery!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:27 AM

91. Sanndi Thompson wrote:
Oh no! So sorry to hear of your accident! But since you always have a positive attitude and you have a gigantic goddess community sending you get well wishes and healing, you will indeed heal quickly I firmly believe! ( and maybe there's some hot doctors there) wink emoticon

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:28 AM

92. Sanndi Thompson wrote:
Oh, by the way~ you are the only one I know that can take one of those dreary hospital gowns and turn it into goddess sleepwear! lol! You are rockin that hospital apparel girl! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:29 AM

93. Lori Silverman wrote:
Oh dear, bad break!! May not have been a graceful fall, but you have grace to spare in your words and attitude on your recovery. Love and quick healing to you, lovely Dolphina!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:30 AM

94. Cathy Doyle wrote:
Take care of yourself, Dear Dolphina and Goddess Life, heal well.

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:30 AM

95. Ashe Gaetana Giovanni wrote:
I did the same thing to my left ankle. Shattered. I recovered within 3 months & am still on pointe shoes, in high heels & doing this...
You WILL dance.

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:32 AM

96. Monica Raquel Rlv wrote:
Get better, my beautiful teacher<3. Miss your classes

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:33 AM

97. Vivia Ayrton wrote:
I hope you feel better beautiful

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:33 AM

98. Lori Rubenstein Fazzio wrote:
Sending love and light healing. I know you will heal with GRACE cause that's you who you are

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:34 AM

99. Joy Siren wrote:
Sending healing hugs. As Sanndi Thompson mentioned, only you could look gorgeous in a hospital gown ... you're even smiling!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:35 AM

100. Sandi Lemieux wrote:
I recently fractured a bone in my foot, tore a tendon, and am not able to bear weight on the foot for 6 weeks. Yikes! That's not easy for such an active person. I purchased an iWalk 2.0 from Amazon a and love it! I'm not able to run, and uneven surfaces are a challenge, but the freedom of walking without using crutches or a walker is worth every step!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:37 AM

101. Christiana Brewer wrote:
Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:38 AM

102. Sue Austin wrote:
Don't envy your process in October of last year just finishing 5 K and walked down two steps . Snap I'm part bionic plate and screws long recovery said it would be a year .i have good days and bad still have pain. Yikes I'll say a prayer for yo

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:39 AM

103. Claudia Crabtree wrote:
I just saw this post! I hope you heal well!!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:40 AM

104. Melissa Mylitta Benjamin wrote:
I love you! Blessings!!!

Fri, August 14, 2015 @ 1:41 AM

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