Kombi guy
Kombi guy

HOP OM
Location: HOP Central, New Zealand
Member Since: 21st Nov 2003
Total posts: 224
Posted:Hey all, wavehello

I received a few emails recently from a lady named Leah. Now let me just say that normally answering the support emails here at HOP I do get to meet a whole bunch of you via email and hear some interesting stories and receive alot of positive feedback about the site etc etc. We do also respect the fact that the emails are classed as confidential between us and you and treat your privacy with the utmost of respect.
I emailed Leah and asked her for permission to place her story and life experience on the discussion board for you all to see, as her story moved me to the point of wanting to share her experience with you all.
She agreed and didnt mind that her name was used in this post.
Below is part of the email that Leah sent to me here at HOP.
(Chris)

I am very grateful for your website and have spent lots of time learning about fire safety, proper procedures, etc. Im a relatively new burner (only done 3 burns) and have taken safety as my #1 motto. I even carry a fire extinguisher in my burn bag and I have purchased entertainment liability insurance for fire dancers.

The art of poi has been a tremendous help to me physically. I am a 6-year breast cancer survivor. Following treatments in 1998 my left arm had been affected with lack of strength and no flexibility due to nerve damage from surgery and muscle atrophy from radiation treatments. I have been swinging poi now for 11 months and am thrilled to say that I now have full range of motion in my left arm and almost full flexibility back. I love it!! Im the oldest member of our poi class (51 years old and a grandmother of a 2 year old) but art knows no age limit and some of my now closest friends are people I spin with, fifteen to twenty years younger than I. My tutor has said Im an inspiration to her as she has watched me regain what I thought was lost forever.

Thank you and Happy Holidays to all,
Leah


When I asked Leah to post the above article Leah was more than happy to share her experinces with you all and replied to me with the below email
(Chris)

Surviving breast cancer is more than just breathingit has always been my hope that I can show others that you can not only survive, but really live. It wasnt until after I had experienced breast cancer that I embraced activities that would ultimately be healing to my body in ways I never imagined, but would bring about confidence, peace and self-esteem to a bruised psyche. I began taking belly dancing lessons 2 years after the cancer because I was feeling like a couch potato (an American term for no energy level). Soon I found myself performing in restaurants, fairs and shows. I joined a singing group of breast cancer survivors and we became the first group of its kind in the USA to record original music and sing songs of hope and inspiration to others. In January 2004 I started twirling and the rest, as the saying goes, is history.

Though sometimes I feel as though Im very slow at learning new tricks and feel a little behind my poi-mates, I love twirling!! Im close to getting a backwards weave and just this past Monday night in class I was able to do a take-out with both hands for the first time! I cant describe the feeling I get when spinning. There is an endorphin-rushthose feel good chemicals in your brain that get released into your bloodstream. The art of poi makes me happy! Its an extremely positive art form.

Chris, I think youve made my day! If theres anything else I can write or send your way, just let me know.

Most kindly,
Leah


Working here at HOP and receiving emails from fellow twirlers like Leah really lets me know that we are on the right path as to what we are doing here, and shows me the good that we are passing on to people from all around the world.
Happy to be part of the process. smile
(Chris)


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nearly_all_gone
nearly_all_gone

Pooh-Bah
Location: Southampton
Member Since: 3rd Aug 2004
Total posts: 1626
Posted:biggrin what a wonderful story. Good on Leah, and thanks for sharing!

What a wonderful miracle if only we could look through each other's eyes for an instant.
Thoreau

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Pink...?
Pink...?

Mistress of Pink...Multicoloured
Location: Over There
Member Since: 6th Apr 2002
Total posts: 6140
Posted:Thats a really amazing story.

It's lovely to hear what great things poi has done, and can do to people.

hug


Never pick up a duck in a dungeon...

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Bird
Bird

now available in "advanced"
Location: Cornwall
Member Since: 25th Aug 2003
Total posts: 6086
Posted:Thats the first thing I have read in a long time that has moved me to tears!!

Thankyou for sharing that Leah (and you for posting Chris)


My state of mind is not yours to define!

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

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Skulduggery
Skulduggery

Pirate Pixie Crew Captain
Location: Wales
Member Since: 12th Aug 2004
Total posts: 8428
Posted:Thanks for sharing your inspirational story with us Leah and welcome to HoP! hug

Feed me Chocolate!!! Feed me NOW!

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filthy 23
filthy 23

member
Location: USA
Member Since: 22nd Nov 2003
Total posts: 136
Posted:Hey, that's my Leah! wow! yay! smile
She has the biggest excitement for poi and for life. She's full of exhuberance, love ubblove and wonder. I think of her when I get discouraged as a teacher. Her story is definately affirming.

ubbrollsmile
heart


I AM working.

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filthy 23
filthy 23

member
Location: USA
Member Since: 22nd Nov 2003
Total posts: 136
Posted:and another thing, she bakes cookies and brings them to share with the class!


smile


I AM working.

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myco
myco


Location: melbourne, victoria, australia
Member Since: 2nd Nov 2004
Total posts: 2084
Posted:that story brought tears to my eyes: so full of hope and joy! thank you both for sharing such a beautiful thing with us all.

I've often wondered about physical benefits poi can bring for people with illness/disability. I work with people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities, and have been curious how poi can help my clients as both a form of enjoyable excercise as well as stimulating left and right brain activity. It's encouraging to hear about someone with physical limitations that has benefited so much from poi.


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flash fire
flash fire

Sporadically Prodigal
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Member Since: 25th Jan 2001
Total posts: 2758
Posted:bless...

HoP Posting Guidelines
Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
If you can answer YES to these 4 questions then you may post a reply.

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ado-p
ado-p

Pirate Ninja
Location: Galway/Ireland
Member Since: 13th May 2004
Total posts: 3882
Posted:thats lovely

hug


Love is the law.

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Sym
Sym

Geek-enviro-hippy priest
Location: Diss, Norfolk
Member Since: 28th Sep 2004
Total posts: 1858
Posted:That is amazing....I may well pass that on to a good firend who is coming though breast cancer at the moment.

hug


There's too many home fires burning and not enough trees

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Dunc
Dunc

playing the days away
Location: The Middle lands
Member Since: 19th Aug 2003
Total posts: 7263
Posted:wow that's awesome! Wouldn't mind some of them cookies too wink

hug


Let's relight this forum ubblove

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Bretch
Bretch

enthusiast
Location: Cork, Ireland at present
Member Since: 19th Nov 2004
Total posts: 247
Posted:Cool banana's. hug2

They say there's a silver lining behind every cloud.. this is the sunny in the blue sky.


I used to be indecisive, but I'm not so sure now.....

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peles_paynim
peles_paynim

member
Location: the fascist states of amerika
Member Since: 12th Dec 2004
Total posts: 80
Posted:thank you so much leah...i've been struggling with an anxiety disorder for about a year now...every once in a while my brain misfires and i feel overwhelmed with feelings of anxiety...sometimes poi is the only thing that takes that mis-created energy and directs it out of your body...the feeling of release and relief after a sweaty poi session can't be matched by any drug in thr world!!!

real eyes
realize
real lies

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Hanz
Hanz

veteran
Location: Bendigo, Vic, Australia
Member Since: 7th Jun 2004
Total posts: 1328
Posted:wow... thats amazing, I love hearing stories about how things like this help people to become stronger and all of that.
leah, you're such an insperation, keep enjoying yourself and dont let age stop you.

If anyone else has any stories like leahs or peles_paynim I would love to hear them, and I am sure that others agree


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Gri-gri
Gri-gri

Member
Location: Richardsbay, South Africa
Member Since: 14th Dec 2004
Total posts: 84
Posted:Absolutely. Inspirational stories like that can help get you by the day.

Well done Leah, not only for what you've achieved but also how you've achieved it. I got the impression that you mainatined a positive outlook on your whole situation throughout your ordeal.

Which to me (li'l ol' me), that's worth a bagazillion words

Well done beerchug


Where the mind goes,
The body will follow...

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Socks
Socks

Arf! Can I have a biscut?
Location: North America, Mid West
Member Since: 28th Nov 2004
Total posts: 288
Posted:Leah? YOU ROCK!

And coming from someone who dresses up like a dog for kicks, that says something. Quite WHAT it says, I'm not sure...

Socks


I'm weird. Just work through that and we'll all be fine.

"If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater suggest that he wear a tail." - Fran Lebowitz

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Kat
Kat

Pooh-Bah
Location: London
Member Since: 13th Dec 2000
Total posts: 2211
Posted:Well done Leah. What an inspirational story!

"If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience."
- Swami Sivanada


Come faeries, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame.

- W B Yeats

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coleman
coleman

big and good and broken
Location: lunn dunn, yoo kay
Member Since: 29th Aug 2002
Total posts: 7330
Posted:thank-you for sharing that with us all leah. hug

with massive respect,


cole. x


"i see you at 'dis cafe.
i come to 'dis cafe quite a lot myself.
they do porridge."
- tim westwood

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duballstar
duballstar

slack rating - 9.5
Location: Suburbiton, Yoo-Kay
Member Since: 3rd Sep 2003
Total posts: 2216
Posted:biggrin that's wonderful... hug

It is our fantasies that make us real. Without our fantasies we're just a blank monkey' - Terry Pratchett

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filthy 23
filthy 23

member
Location: USA
Member Since: 22nd Nov 2003
Total posts: 136
Posted:Written by: Dunc

wow that's awesome! Wouldn't mind some of them cookies too wink

hug



Ok, here ya go Dunc!

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I AM working.

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JauntyJames
JauntyJames

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Hampshire College, MA, USA
Member Since: 22nd Dec 2004
Total posts: 3533
Posted:three cheers for Leah!
hip-hip, huzzah!
hip-hip, huzzah!
hip-hip, um.... what was i talking about again? oh, yeah, Huzzah!!
hug


-James

"How do you know if you're happy or sad without a mask? Or angry? Or ready for dessert?"

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Flame Boy
Flame Boy

veteran
Location: Out
Member Since: 13th Jul 2004
Total posts: 1508
Posted:Wow, Leah sounds like a pretty amazing gal, Im meeting her tomorrow. She lives in Salisbury and a bunch of us from soton-firespinning are meeting up at the Mill Pub (all other peeps welcome).

AAARRRGGGHHH!!! My giant stick broke!!! In two!!! My stick broke in two!!! ubbcrying

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Puk
Puk

Sweet talented nutter
Location: Brisbane Oz
Member Since: 3rd Aug 2002
Total posts: 2615
Posted:Im copying that for my mum a breat cancer survivor

that shrewd and knavish sprite

Called Robin Good Fellow ; are you not he that is frighten of the maidens of the villagery - fairy

I am the merry wander of the night -puk

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PsychoTronic
stranger
Location: Greece-Samos-Athens
Member Since: 1st Jun 2004
Total posts: 80
Posted:so nice.Leah you are so strong.Be always like you are now:) cause its nice

"For once there was an unknown land, full of strange flowers and subtle perfumes,
a land of which it is joy of all joys to dream, a land where all things are perfect and poisonous."
"Put out the torches! Hide the moon! Hide the stars!"



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CeCeMonet
member
Location: Phoenix, Az,
Member Since: 12th Aug 2004
Total posts: 25
Posted:Yeah Leah! We love you so much sweetie! I am glad that your story is out there for others to see and share smile See you tomorrow!

NicNac (Hot Shot)


wave weavesmiley biggrin


Her Ladyship Hot Shot

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Nate
Nate

Groovy ga watashi no namae desu!
Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Member Since: 5th Aug 2004
Total posts: 1530
Posted:story's like that make me really apreciate poi and all it does to
the body

amazing story, keep up with the spinning leah


I like Languages.

Educate your self in the Hazards of Fire Breathing STAY SAFE! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug.gif" alt="" />

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enchantress
enchantress

newbie
Location: AZ, USA
Member Since: 17th Jan 2005
Total posts: 1
Posted:i think you missed the part about her living in the usa, tho it is sweet of you to want to meet her. she is sweet and loving to all that she meets and she has filled my life with happiness and hope for all of those that have survived breast cancer.

She has done so much for help raising funds for breast cancer reasearch and i am proud to know her and call her my friend.

Thank you Leah for all that you have given me *hugs* hug


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