55. The Dance

I know you will all be wondering… did they…. remember the steps, count to 8, pivot turn the right way….

The answer is YES!  The audience was great, they cheered up, the music was thumping, the lights were fantastic.  We all smiled, we all remembered T*Ts and Teeth, we all kept our eyes on Shelley who was standing on a chair in front of us and directing us.  The time seemed to go incredibly quickly.  We’d practiced so much that the steps came automatically, we made the dance bigger than we’d ever done before.

We took our dresses off and danced with our feathers.  We took our bras off and the music changed to “This is me” from the Greatest Showman.  There were audience members sobbing… it was very emotional.

Do did we Dare to Bare….  the photo below will give you the answer!

You will notice a BBC sign in the top left corner of the image as this is a screen shot from the local news on Saturday night.  The BBC have also smudged out things which shouldn’t be seen.

The gave us a standing ovation, then after a bow it was dresses back on and time to say our thank yous. Listening to the thank yous was emotional and Michelle did a great job.  For the previous six months we’d been planning this event, rehearsing and now it was done.  It was a feeling of relief and sadness and I will admit I did cry.  But… I didn’t cry for long as many of my friends who’d supported Nick and I through the previous twelve months were in the audience, Miles and Phoebe – my youngest son and daughter were there and it was time to party to Jessica and the Rabbits…. and party we did until midnight when it was time to come home.

Dare to Bare Ball…. DONE!

Tip:  There is life after a cancer diagnosis and you don’t have to take your bra off to prove it… just live it.  

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Author: fionaosmaston

I live in Plymouth, Devon with my husband Nick and near my parents Sandy and Sheena. Our three children, Marcus, Phoebe and Miles are grown up. I am a geographer and love teaching Geography. My current role is as an Assistant Vice Principal in an inner city comprehensive school where I lead on coaching and initial teacher training. In August 2017 I was diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma and following a skin sparing mastectomy and endrocrine/hormone treatment I am now awaiting a final reconstruction. These views are my own and writing this story has helped me come to terms with where I am in this interlude of life which has been dominated by breast cancer.

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