Champion athlete Darla Davies sat down to chat with us about her new book, Who Said I'd Never Dance Again, which tells her journey to recover from degenerative joint disease with a hip replacement surgery that almost ended her dancing career. Darla recounts how she healed not only her physical body but also psychologically prepped herself for a grueling journey back to the dance floor to win a top competitive prize when her doctor told her she would never dance again. Even though more than 2.5 million people have received hip replacement surgery, when a professional athlete undergoes surgery, their dreams and career can be changed in an instant. Darla's story of determination will inspire and give hope to anyone who might be facing joint-replacement surgery. Who Said I'd Never Dance Again tells the physical recovery and secrets of sports psychology behind a dramatic recovery for an American athlete.
Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1642790915/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0
What is your book about?
As a top competitive ballroom dancer for over 20 years, I was crushed when my orthopedic doctor told me I'd never dance again if I got hip replacement surgery. My book is my journey to recover from surgery for degenerative joint disease, plus not only heal my physical body but also psychologically prepped myself for the grueling journey back to the competitive dance floor to win a national title.
How did you find your publisher and how was the experience?
I took a continuing education course "how to get your book published". It was taught by Tanya Brockett, who I chose to be my editor after I wrote my book. Tanya knows the ropes of the business and helped get me to an agent and a publisher.
How do you find balance in your life with all the traveling you do for competitions?
We do spend a lot of time on airplanes. After all of the effort and energy put into preparing and then dancing in competitions, it's always nice to get back home and have a day or two to unwind.
What do you do to celebrate after a competitive win?
Sometimes my competition events are held late at night, even after midnight. I always like to reward myself for a big win with a glass of champagne or my favorite chardonnay.
How did you meet your dancing partner Jim?
I went to a dance camp in CT. where Jim was one of the instructors. I signed up for a private lesson with him because he was a two-time professional American Smooth dance champion. About a year later he was a guest instructor at a small dance studio in Charlottesville, Va. where I was learning
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