Real Beauty Moment: Get Back Up Again



I sing, I dance, I do spoken word, I make jewelry, and I write short stories as well as longer stories. I’m working on an album….or two.

Turning point

In 2014 I crashed a car into a pole, and totaled the car completely and injured both my right arm and my right leg. My leg would swell up to twice the size of my other leg. I could not walk. All my friends and the people who were supporting me before kind of fell away. So I was really dealing with having to get around, trying to make money, and also really getting down on myself because I’m a dancer. I couldn’t dance. That was truly the first step into coming into myself because it was believing in me that made my leg better. I was just going to doctors the doctors were telling me they didn’t have anything for me, they told me they couldn’t help me, that they couldn’t see anything physically wrong with my body other than the fact that my leg was swollen. That’s actually how I got to New York funny enough. One day I said I can’t do this anymore. I want to be okay. I’m just going to go do something. I’m not going to sit around and feel bad about myself and feel, just down. Three or four months into that, I was dancing, but I didn’t realize I was doing it. I was just at a party and someone said, ‘you dance, go dance.’ And I bust out and danced for like a whole hour. Then a moment later I was like, ‘oh my God, I’m okay. Oh my God I’m not limping.’ It was life changing.

– Ama Dorsay

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