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My story
In January 2007, at the age of 51, I joined a 12-step program and began my recovery from food addiction, losing 75 pounds in the process. Read more…

In January 2011, at the age of 55, I began my recovery from a multi-trauma accident, 36 fractures, damaged lungs, and post traumatic stress. Read more…

I am deeply grateful for all the kindnesses, large and small, offered to me in recovery. Here I am... alive… still making progress … still not perfect … finding a new way forward in a growing community of women and men who share a lot in common around food and life.

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La Vie en Rose


Day 37 of continuing recovery


Dear Friends,

Friday evening I danced the 5 Rhythms for two and a half hours. Towards the end of the evening I noticed that I had been continually dancing the brokenness of my body and my Year of Trauma. A memory appeared of my sister gently inviting me to breathe with her. I could not do it at the time. As I was dropping into that moment I noticed that I could breathe now. I breathed deeply and rhythmically with the music and the dance became more fluid. In a moment of Grace, inspiration rose to close ‘the dance of the accident’ and begin ‘the dance of the coach’. My heart opened. Thank you, G-d.

Then, this morning I received a wonderful gift! I saw a picture of Melody Gardot in an ad and was inspired to look her up.

Only 23 years old, Melody Gardot is a lovely pop-jazz singer and instrumentalist. As I perused her website I noticed that in her videos she has a cane. It turns out she was struck by a car in 2003, an accident that left her with life-altering injuries. As she began an emotional expedition toward healing, she used music as therapy to heal her spirit and ultimately her gifts were revealed to herself and to the world.

Watch the joyful, colorful, sexy video of ‘Mira’!

And here is her ‘La Vie en Rose’.

In Gardot’s words, “‘La Vie en Rose’ represents a lot of things for me, but mostly it represents my feelings towards my guitar. What it has brought into my life and how things have changed. ‘La Vie en Rose’ is like food for my musical garden. For me, ‘La Vie en Rose’ like music, has allowed me to be reinvent myself, and even to change into somebody else completely. Waking up in the morning knowing you can’t move or speak, as was the case after my accident, can be difficult and painful. But your imagination feeds on everything that will happen in the future. We all need a new lease on life from time to time!”

As the 12 Steps tell us, life can change. Hope is possible. Miracles happen. There is the right food we need for our own musical gardens.

Love & Light,


8 Comments to La Vie en Rose

  1. Myra TAte's Gravatar Myra TAte
    October 23, 2012 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Your recovery continues to amaze and delight me. Imagine,dancing for 2 1/2 hours! Yes, you are dancing the dance of LIFE! love, mom

  2. dana's Gravatar dana
    October 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    L <3 V E Y <3 U!!!!

  3. Melinda's Gravatar Melinda
    October 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! What a lovely celebration and, yes, what an amazing healing journey you are on! So so happy that you were able to celebrate it with 2 1/2 hours of dance, breath and magic!
    Love, Melinda

    • Valerie's Gravatar Valerie
      October 24, 2012 at 7:17 am | Permalink

      Hi Melinda,

      Celebration is a good word. Thank you for sharing it with me. I will be checking in with myself today for the moments that I celebrate.

      Love & Light,


  4. Sissy's Gravatar Sissy
    October 24, 2012 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    How marvelous!

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