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Surgery: A Bump on My Roadbut Now the Fun Begins Again!

Sep 30 2015

I haven't written in awhile since my surgery on August 25th.  It was supposed to be outpatient, but became a four- day inpatient experience instead. But it wasn't a life threatening condition and I am grateful to have it behind me.  My husband made an extraordinary nurse when I arrived home. I am getting stronger each day due to great surgeons, and the support of my family and friends.

Now I am cast in a few roles in a Reader's Theater Play called Love, Loss and What I Wore by Nora and Delia Ephron.  The play includes a cast of five women playing multiple roles and recreates scenes almost every woman can relate to.  One of my favorite scenes is called " The Dressing Room" and it is hilarious. I also like "Madonna", "The Prom Dress", "Shoes" and "The Bra" among others. The play looks at fashions and the emotional connections we have to various articles of clothing we've worn in our lives and the memories these clothes can trigger. This play is created primarily for women, although some men might find it funny as well. The play will generate women's fashion memories, both funny and poignant, with their own mothers, daughters, sisters, girlfriends and boyfriends. This is a good play to see with a good friend. We had no idea we would have a demand for more than one performance. But we finally offered three performances and we are sold out already. Maybe we need to think of taking our play out on the road. Remember: a good friend is like the perfect dress, hard to find and you want to keep them forever. 

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Meet Carol

You might say Carol is constantly on the go. She lives in the West Valley, plays golf, practices yoga, acts in local plays, and volunteers at the Southwest Family Advocacy Center. She loves to travel, and still maintains her license in marriage and family therapy.

For Carol, the key is staying active.

“I think we get old because we stop moving. We don’t stop moving because we get old,” says Carol. Today, Carol teaches a water fitness class and works out for two hours every other day.

“I am rewarded by the stories that come back, the people who say that movement is easier for them now, that they are more flexible or they sleep better at night,” says Carol.

Carol also connects to her community by participating in a neighborhood card group and joining clubs. She misses her family in the Midwest, but encourages others to “take a little risk. Because you need to take a risk if you are going to try something new.”

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