Earlier this year I tore all 3 ligaments in my right ankle after falling while practicing Irish Dance. I was absolutely devastated, and wondered if I would ever be able to compete at the level I was at before. I went through the most painful surgery of my life and has the ligaments repaired. I was in a wheelchair and a boot, but I swore to myself in the chair that I would do whatever it takes to get to Oireachtas (Regionals). While this was happening, I found out that I might have endometriosis, and was rushed to a second surgery in mid-May of this year. I was so tired, but I got cleared to go back to dance in June.
I started back to dance learning the new steps. It was a slow process as they are the most complex steps I have ever learned. I could barely keep my hard shoes on for more than 30 minutes at a time, when the classes are 3 hours long. I kept pushing myself, swearing that it would all be worth it once I got to step on the stage, and slowly I was able to keep the shoes on longer and keep up with the dancing. Some of the step had toe work in them, which I had never been able to do and was nervous to put that pressure on my ankle. I kept working on my own and one day I was finally able to do the toe work.
I decided then and there I would set two goals for this year; to dance at Oireachtas and to place on the podium at a full feis. I am delighted to be typing this today and be able to tell you that despite all of the setbacks, I was able to accomplish both of those goals this year. It has been a long hard road, and I have a lot of work left to do in regards to my dancing. But now I feel like I can absolutely do anything. I am counting all of the hard work I’ve done for this towards the ‘Let’s Get Physical Badge’.
Needless to say, this is why I have been on a hiatus over the last 2 months. I also want to blog a little more about my personal self and will be adding that in here and there such as this post. So I’ll be talking about my travels and Irish Dance and graduate school journey. I hope you’ll enjoy it. – Much love, Aidan