Take A Minute To Watch This Video Of A Woman Starting An OR Dance Party Before Her Double-Mastectomy Surgery

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Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 2.57.07 PMI think I’m good to my friends; I listen when they need to be listened to, I insult the people they hate to make them feel better, I cry with them and I let them wallow in self-pity for a little while. But at a certain point I am also the friend who sits next to them and says: Snap out of it. You are amazing. You are healthy. There are people who love you. Stop this.

I don’t do this to be annoying, I do this because I really truly believe that the attitude that you approach life with has such a huge bearing on how you experience the world around you. Obviously this is a simplistic view of the world; I’m not talking about those who are clinically depressed and such. I just really believe that at a certain point you need to try your best to find your joy.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better illustration of this than the amazing video I saw today of a woman who started an impromptu dance party in the operating room where she would soon be undergoing a double mastectomy. She’s laughing. She’s dancing. She’s alive. It’s contagious; the entire hospital staff in the room is dancing with her.

I started dancing, too. I couldn’t help it. I immediately fell in love with this OB/GYN and mom of two, Deborah Cohan. She made me think about all the ways I’ve allowed stress and things that are out of my control to change me. She made me wonder when the last time I made someone smile and feel really good was. She made me realize that you are either giving back to the Universe on a very basic level, or you’re not.

From HuffPost:

This inspiring 6-minute-long video of the fete, posted on YouTube, shows Cohan busting some serious moves as she wiggles and twerks to Beyonce’s hit “Get Me Bodied.” Cohan requested that friends and family make videos of themselves dancing to Bey too so that she could watch them during her recovery. “I have visions of a healing video montage,” she wrote. “Nothing brings me greater joy than catalyzing others to dance, move, be in their bodies. Are you with me people?”

They were. You can check out videos of Deborah’s fans shaking their booties in solidarity on her CaringBridge page.

Deborah did something incredible when she released her amazing, positive, joyful energy into the world before her surgery. She did for me, anyway. I hope it bounces back to her and she heals quickly.

(photo: YouTube)