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Dance-tress Acting Up: Breast Matter

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Pictures, classes, auditions, workshops, pictures, classes, auditions, workshops is just the everyday norm of an actor in Los Angeles. Sometimes we get so caught up in our daily hustle that we forget what is really important. For many that is family, happiness, and health.

As usual, I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed the other day and I came across a GoFundMe from one of my old dance friends. We danced together in college as well as on stage at Disneyland. Nothing kills me more than curiosity, so I clicked on the page and my jaw just about dropped to the floor. My friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. The procedure that she would have to undergo could prevent her from having children of her own. Therefore, the GoFundMe page was set up so that she could crowd fund to have her eggs frozen.

This hit me pretty hard.  I can't even tell you the last time I had a doctors appointment. Just until this year I was without insurance. There is no difference between her and I. This could be me. Doesn't matter how old you are or your level of fitness, this can happen to anybody at any time.

First thing I did was make a donation. Second thing I did was ask her if it was ok to write about it in this blog. Third thing I did was make an appointment to have a physical. For those of you who like to hate on Obama care, think again. Yours truly is very grateful for it as well as the many other people who deserve healthcare. Not only in this business do we have to stick together, but life in general. It's hard enough, I can't imagine doing it alone.

So next time your studying lines remember to take a break and be thankful for all of the wonderful things that you have. Life can change at any minute. If you are interested in making a donation, or even help spread the word, everything is appreciated.

*The next day my coworker announced her stage 2 malignant melanoma. Have I proved my point yet? Classes are important, but so is your health. Don't forget about mental health. Feeling a little stressed and overwhelmed? Take a break. You deserve it. 

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