Dorothy’s Story: Tai Chi gave me a purpose
I came across the story of Dorothy and her experience with Tai Chi on the Real Women, Real Advice blog. Dorothy says when she received her breast cancer diagnosis, it felt like a death sentence. At the age of 66, she had already retired and was looking forward to teaching and spending time with her grandchildren. Cancer has a way of divorcing the mind from the body. It is hard not to feel betrayed by something that has turned against you. Dorothy turned to her love of tai chi to get her through the fight of her life.
Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion” because it promotes serenity through gentle movements–connecting the mind and body. Simply watching graceful movements of people gliding through dance-like poses as they practice tai chi is relaxing. Along with reconciling her mind and body, Tai chi enabled Dorothy to have a purpose in life, “It gave me positive movement.”
At close to eighty years of age, Dorothy continues to be an inspiration to other women with a diagnosis of cancer and says: “Being a 13-year breast cancer survivor, I feel very blessed. There’s so much hope now compared to when I went through the treatment. I feel that I’m still here for a reason – to help other victims of breast cancer.”
Watch Dorothy on YouTube