Why dancingsoles for this blog? Dancing Soles Studio and Gallery was my dance studio. I dream dance and choreography; it is always part of my life, and it helps me cope with unwelcome experiences. I hope that my sharing this with you will help you in some way. I, also, hope you will let me know what you think about anything you read here. Send me a note or a poem or a dance or a few steps or . . .
My life started in Detroit, Michigan, as Donna Bacacio. After I married in my twenties and changed my name to Donna Horowitz, my husband Steve and I moved a few times and divorced while living in Cleveland. I stayed there for a number of years before moving to SoCal, where I married Marvin, his real name, though most people know him as Don, the name given him by his adoptive parents. He is my hero and someone I wish my mom, whom we lost in 1997 to colon cancer, and my dad, whom we lost 4/25/10, would have met. My sister Jennifer lives with her husband in Ohio and have a son in the Navy, and my sister Angela lives outside Detroit. Angela’s daughter, my one and only niece and my god-daughter, also, lives with her family in Michigan.
I’m a registered workaholic. Also, I’m a writer, editor, dancer, choreographer and now a cancer warrior. I have a hard time with that last role; I also choose to think of myself as a warrior, who is actively and strongly engaging in battle to remain as active as possible. My original diagnosis was in May 2004. After my remission failed, my diagnosis with metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer was January 2009. Originally, in only my bones it has spread in 2012 to my liver and lung.
Since the cancer has resumed its course, I know that I need to cope in ways that I have not yet discovered, new ways of stretching the boundaries. Art. Faith. Love. Knowledge. Hope. Communication. This will be my life’s work in progress, and dancing, whether with my body or my pens, will always be part of my work and my coping.