Jacky's Dance Towards Recovery

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Raised by 40 people in 1 month
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.
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 6
Posted by Jacky Mcdonough
3 days 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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Posted by Jacky Mcdonough
4 days ago
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GoFundMe suggests all sorts of fundraising efforts...here is my attempt at one of many! Yes. I am in my car :)
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Update 4
Posted by Jacky Mcdonough
13 days ago
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It's "$5 Donation Friday, Anonymous if you wish"... I'm getting so close and every small amount helps! And, some words: Mental illness and addiction probably affect you or someone you know. This project is both a request to further my recovery and then to share the magic of movement and dance as a way to address these illnesses as well as raise awareness in our community and abroad. The stigma, shame and loss of these illnesses is too much. Join me on this journey.
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Posted by Jacky Mcdonough
19 days ago
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Recovery & Healing Happens! And so does this awesome campaign that so many of you have supported! Thank you truly, madly, deeply. It's hard asking for money and asking for help but when it's something you truly, madly, deeply believe in - the request is a little bit easier. (so here i am again;)

Please consider supporting in the littlest way or forwarding to someone who is capable of supporting. And tell them it's about providing inspiration to those in recovery and helping to stop the stigma that's attached to mental illness and substance abuse. Tell them it's about another tool, ...dance, that will move folks along in the recovery process. And, you can also tell them - it's about love and the power of it to heal. Love, Love, Love, jacky
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$3,712 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 40 people in 1 month
Created February 12, 2017
$50
Dee Davidson
1 day ago
JT
$50
Jeff Tkach
2 days ago

Love this!!

SM
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Sarah Munsell
2 days ago
$187
Anonymous
4 days ago(Offline Donation)
ZM
$100
Ziggy Molls
12 days ago

I believe in this and YOU!

$50
Kris Cooney
13 days ago

Jacky, I wish I could find the balance! Such a great focus for you, you're such a natural. Good luck and keep on dancing!

CB
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Christine Boyd
13 days ago
$50
Jenn Russell Landis
13 days ago

Love my family ❤

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