Jacky's Dance Towards Recovery

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Raised by 46 people in 2 months
Jacky Mcdonough  DOYLESTOWN, PA
About 15 years ago, I found myself in a psychiatric hospital for both mania and psychosis for over 30 days.  I was diagnosed with bipolar I alongside of substance abuse.  Then along came the depression.  The recommended treatment was, of course, medication.  And when the meds didn't work, along with several hospitalizations, it was suggested that I do electro convulsive therapy.  This was something I did while I was hospitalized and also as an outpatient client.  These were some of the scariest days of my life.

It's been a long road battling mental illness and substance abuse but I believe I'm a fighter for recovery. And I intend to share this fight with the folks in recovery in my community.  I believe that many other things can help in recovery and movement is one of them.  And dance is what I plan to introduce as a tool for recovery and overall health.

In my professional career, I co-created a program model that uses JourneyDance to address mental health, specifically among young people.  The program was successful and I plan to work to implement it again in the Bucks County community.  See attached video.<iframe media_type="0" media_id="DuVz-6rZVuI" class="youtube-replace" title="YouTube video player" style="margin-bottom:20px;width:560px;height:315px;" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DuVz-6rZVuI/?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="1"></iframe>
These funds will help me take my own journey in dance and to become certified to teach JourneyDance - a holistic and therapeutic fitness practice that incorporates yoga, visualization, theater, affirmations and improvisation.  The teacher training is for international teachers and takes place in Costa Rica, April 2-14.  And I can't even begin to imagine the lengths it will take me in my own recovery.

I believe a program like JourneyDance can uniquely and creatively raise awareness of the epidemic we are facing in our communities when it comes to mental illness and substance abuse.  Whereby, the suicide rate is at it's highest... it is the 2nd leading killer of young adults ages 14-25!  

Upon return from the International Teachers Training, I plan to volunteer my services and teach in local facilities that are working with individuals in recovery.  I have made some inroads with some of these facilities and I am on the docket to speak with the Senator to gain his endorsement.  

I have never been more ready to dive into a recovery process with the plan of sharing it with my peers.  Please consider supporting me in this journey.

xoxo, jacky
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Update 9
Posted by Jacky Mcdonough
4 days ago
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Hi! I'm back from an amazing life, mind, body and spirit changing experience thanks to #journeydance and of course... It can not be said enough... Thanks to my friends and family! There are many things I feel but words can be summed up in a Kimya Dawson song lyric "I am grounded. I am humbled. I am one with everything." Tonight I am teaching at a mental health support group in Abington, PA and I'm thrilled to be sharing this practice! And brilliant things are continuing to fall into place so stay tuned! Pura Vida, jacky
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Update 8
Posted by Jacky Mcdonough
19 days ago
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Hola Amigos y Familia! ;) Greetings from Costa Rica... Day 1 has arrived because of all of you! And because of your blessings I am here in the jungle (and the beach isn't far away :) yea! AND I am dancing and smiling and crying and healing and connecting. It's brilliantly awesome. You all rock my world. Pura Vida, Jacky
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Update 7
Posted by Jacky Mcdonough
25 days ago
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Friends and Family! Your amazing generosity and loving support has enabled me to work with JourneyDance to secure a payment plan and I will be going to the International JourneyDance Teacher Training in Costa Rica! My plane leaves on Sunday!! Woooohoooo!!! I can't wait to experience all there is to the therapeutic journey of dance and nature! I'm so excited to bring this to my peers and share the magic of movement to fight mental illness. I will continue to fundraise throughout the months to ensure JourneyDance gets the remaining payment. Stay tuned for Costa Rica updates! Pura Vida, jacky
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Update 6
Posted by Jacky Mcdonough
1 month ago
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The simple memories of the JourneyDance prject just a few years ago give me strength in stability and freedom. Freedom from the darkness, freedom from the mania in my mind and body and freedom from the extreme discomfort in my skin. I cherish you all, my friends and family for giving me the strength and the courage to embark on this journey... I am almost there! I am just gushing with gratitude. xoxo, jacky
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Donna Vecchiarello Rodriguez
19 days ago

I am so happy for you! I can't wait to hear more each day about your "journey" and to see how you enrich others with your mere presence - you are amazing! (and I miss you)

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Kim Arouca
23 days ago

Congrats girl! I am so excited for you and all who will benefit as a result of your training! xoxo

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Raised by 46 people in 2 months
Created February 12, 2017
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Donna Vecchiarello Rodriguez
19 days ago

I am so happy for you! I can't wait to hear more each day about your "journey" and to see how you enrich others with your mere presence - you are amazing! (and I miss you)

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Kim Arouca
23 days ago

Congrats girl! I am so excited for you and all who will benefit as a result of your training! xoxo

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