Please let me dance again

Several weeks ago, I submitted a story to Dr. Phoebe’s site ( and I am pleased to share, the piece was published last Friday, April 9th. My submission is a personal story about a few seconds that almost drastically altered how I move through life. Sharing the experience stirs vulnerability in me, but I chose to share my story with the goal of offering inspiration and motivation to others, and as a reminder to myself of how grateful I am for my body’s ability to heal and move. 

A heartfelt thank you to those who read my story directly from Dr. Phoebe’s site. I am grateful. To those who took the time to comment – your encouraging comments lift me up and affirm my decision to share. Thank you. 💗 Michele   

Please Let Me Dance Again: Michele’s Story — PhoebeMD: Medicine + Poetry

By Michele Lee Sefton, M.Ed. | Featured Contributor “Oh, God,” I pleaded, “Please let me dance with my daughter again.” That desperate plea flooded my brain during a moment that shattered a picturesque and perfect morning, several years ago, just two days before Christmas…

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*My story, her images.

Photo: dance class capture 🥰 happy place and space

© 2021 Michele Lee Sefton.

85 thoughts on “Please let me dance again

  1. Wow, I don’t even know what to say. What a horrible accident but I’m so glad you have recovered. It does not take much to make us appreciate what we have and our health is at the top of the list. Your words took me to that attic and back down to the ground. Very inspiring story. You never know what goes on in other people’s lives. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. What you said, is perfect and heartfelt. Thank you. ❤ My slip was a dumb misstep, that led to immense pain and major inconvenience, but it could have been life-altering, beyond the memories and heightened appreciation. Thank YOU for reading. 🥰

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    1. I appreciate you reading my story. 😊 I am so lucky and I hold that in my heart as I go through life. 💓 Yes, our bodies are amazing – absolute miracles. I will definitely continue dancing, wildly and freely, and climbing on ladders and going into attics, safely. 😁 😂
      Thank you.

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    1. How thoughtful. 💗 A sudden turn of events just before Christmas. Not that there is ever a good time to have an accident. Healing is something that can’t be rushed, so patience is also strengthened through injuries. Not without frustration along the way, of course.
      Thank you.

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  2. Hi Michele!
    Glad you are hear to share your story and perseverance. I just read it on Phobe’s site which I’d never been to before.
    Would never have guessed it and keep those dancing vibes going!

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  3. Michele, you have such grace and peace about you, this story shows your bravery and perseverance to experience something difficult and press on to the other side. We choose the lessons we take with us and you’ve made some tasty lemonade!

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    1. Rebecca, your words wash peace over me. You have given me a gracious compliment that I am so happy to read at the end of my day. Thank you. 😊 We all have stories of perseverance and bravery. Thank you for reading mine. I am not sure how brave I was – I just had to press on. Your last sentence is full of wisdom. I agree with you about choosing our lessons. If we are going to go through challenges, and we all do from time to time, it makes sense to focus on how the adversity strengthened us and broadened our understanding of life and ourselves. 🙏🏻💗

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      1. Dear Michele, I’m glad I could communicate the feeling I wished to convey. I feel like we can hold on to the light as we go through the shadow times in our lives. I think you are a good example of how to do that. Blessings, R

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  4. Michele, your sensitive article touches my heart and my soul. I love this wonderful photo where I can see how happy, relaxed and full of joy you spread your arms and dance.
    There is a nice quote that goes with it and that I would like to quote here:
    “The dance is a poem and each of its movements is a word.”
    Mata Hari (1876-1917)
    Michele, I wish you all the best….💝
    Rosie from Germany

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    1. Thanks M & M. I just commented on your most recent and fantastic post. Well done!
      Yes, the experience was difficult, but the pain was temporary. I hope lessons learned will last my lifetime. 🙏🏻 Thank you for saying the world is better for me dancing it it. What a loving and compassionate message that brightens my morning. 💓Enjoy your day, your dance!


    1. A few seconds that can suddenly turn into a lifetime, a life forever changed. 😔 That year strengthened my willpower and my understanding of how incredible our healing abilities are. 💓 Thank you, KK. 💐

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  5. Michele, I am glad you are well, and back to living your life as normal. Pain, trauma and such incidents can really teach us how valuable life is. Thank you for sharing this with us. Stay blessed always❤️🙏🤗💫

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    1. Thank you, Diana. 😊 I certainly would not want to go through that again, but I may be even better than normal, given what the experience taught me. My bones may be forever altered, but they are strong and they support me. I do feel blessed, thank you. My guardian angel has earned her wings a few times.😇 💖 Have a lovely day, Miss Diana. 💐


  6. telugubloggersreenadh

    That’s really great moments.
    Not only dance with your daughter.
    I’m also ready to join u r dance party.
    I hope u become a great writer.
    Enjoy your weekend. Have a great day.
    Be happy and stay healthy.

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    1. Unexpected difficult moments that led to profound appreciation. Thank you. You are very kind. I am glad you joined my dance party. 😆 That sounds fun! Health and happiness to you. 🌞


  7. I am pulled and tugged by the soulfulness behind this piece of writing. As with all your writing, it is not afraid to go deep in such eloquent words both tears and happiness are conjured. Dance is my favorite form of exercise too, and wild abandon offers creative freedom in a mental, emotional, and physical state! ❤
    Congratulations on the publication. 🙂

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    1. The pulling and tugging sounds like a dance. 💖 Your comments are always sweet vignettes. I am both delighted and honored by the connection you make with my writing and that you recognize and acknowledge elements of what I share that might not even be noticeable to me. I am grateful for your reader insight and input. 😊 Dancing with wild abandon is healthy, freeing, and fun too. 💓 Thank you! Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Thank you, Dwight. I truly am blessed and so fortunate. Yes, the moments after my slip were terrifying and painful. Thank you for reading and graciously offering your support. Humans are both strong and fragile. 🙏🏻

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    1. I am honored that you took the time to read my story. You are a special person. It is important that I never take for granted my gift of movement. Thank you, Dawn, for reminding me of the power of our incredible bodies. 🙏🏻💗

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