Friday, March 19, 2010

The Sugarless Plum

I'm sure I have mentioned, about a thousand times, that Nikki is dancer. One of her idols is prima ballerina Zippora Karz. I just realized that Zippora has published a book detailing her life; including her misdiagnosis of type 2, when she really had type 1. I thought the following article on the book was interesting. I'll be picking up a copy for us this weekend. Happy reading!!

From a young age, Zippora Karz desired to achieve her dream of becoming a ballerina. By the time Karz had reached the age of 20, she had attained professional status and had obtained work with the New York City Ballet.

The Sugarless Plum: A Ballerina’s Triumph Over Diabetes is a debut memoir written by Zippora Karz, a former soloist ballerina of the New York City Ballet, best known for the high praises she received as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. From 1983 through 1999 Karz performed with the New York City Ballet.

Karz simply and honestly tells of her struggle and anguish as a competitive athlete. As she worked her way within the ballet company’s echelon, she examines her fears, and anxieties, as well as her ambitions, both professionally and personally. All are set forth from a genuine self-reflection of her experiences. Thinking that her hard work and aspirations had merely resulted in exhaustion, she continued to overlook her symptoms. Karz goes on to find out that she has Type 2 Diabetes.

She speaks of her challenges to modify her diet, as well as maintain medication compliance. Karz battles to eradicate herself of the disease, knowing the life-threatening complications that can befall her. However, to her surprise, she goes on to find that she was erroneously diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and had in fact had Type 1 Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes would mean that she would require daily insulin injections for life.

Her struggles, particularly for an athlete or dancer, certainly serve as an inspiration to never give up your dream. Karz’s memoir contains photos of her three generations of dancers, her grandmother, her mother, and herself. How she managed her medical condition as well as continued to press forward and pursue her career, is quite motivational. The back of the book contains a list of several resources Karz found helpful (N.Y Book Cafe).


:) Tracie said...

Very interesting. Another example that no matter what, diabetes doesn't stop your dreams!

Wonder if she'd send your daughter an autographed copy of the book since they have something in common? That would be cool.

Donna said...

I am going out and buying it TODAY!!! Thanks for sharing this!

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